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Taxonomy of the family Scincidae
Bibliography of the genus Dasia
Biodiversity of the family Scincidae


Indo-Malayan Tree Skinks, Tree Skinks

Asiatische Baumskinke

Indo-Malayiske Træskinker

1839 Dasia Gray (type species: Dasia olivacea Gray 1839)
1843 Liotropis Fitzinger (type species: Euprepes ernestii Dumeril & Bibron 1839; syn. Greer 1970)
1906 Theconyx Annandale [not Theconyx Gray 1845 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae)] (type species: Euprepes halianus Haly & Nevill 1887; syn. Greer 1970)
Contents: 8 species, of which 5 (62.5%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included the genera Apterygodon and Lamprolepis, which were revalidated by Greer (1970).
Distribution: S. Asia, Malay Archipelago.
Reported from: Cambodia, India (Andaman & Nicobar Islands [Nicobar Islands], Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu), Indonesia (Anambas Islands, Babi, Java, Kalimantan, Lingga Islands, Siberut, Natuna Islands, Nias, Simeulue, Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, West Malaysia [incl. Langkawi Archipelago, Penang Island, Perhentian Islands, Seribuat Archipelago (incl. Aur, Pemanggil, Tioman)]), Myanmar, Philippines (Catanduanes, Luzon, Marinduque, Mindanao, Mindoro, Palawan, Semirara), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam (incl. Con Dao Islands [Con Son]).

Dasia griffini

Palawan Tree Skink, (Griffin's Keel-scaled Tree Skink)



1915 Dasia griffini Taylor
Dasia olivaceum griffini Taylor 1922

Distribution: Philippines (Mindoro, Palawan).

Dasia grisea

Grey Tree Skink, Northern Keel-scaled Tree Skink, Big Tree Skink

Brauner Baumskink

Grå Træskink

1845 Tiliqua grisea Gray
Dasia grisea Smith 1935
1895 Mabuia saravacensis Bartlett (syn. Brown & Alcala 1980)
1909 Lygosoma dubium Werner (syn. Geissler & Kupfer 2019)
1916 Dasia moultoni Barbour & Noble (syn. Brown & Alcala 1980)

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of olivacea (e.g., Boulenger 1887) or semicincta (e.g., Greer 1970). Although reported from India (e.g., Murthy 1985), there are no confirmed records from the country (Venugopal 2010).
Distribution: Indonesia (Kalimantan, Lingga Islands, Sumatra), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, West Malaysia [incl. Penang Island]), Philippines (Catanduanes, Luzon, Marinduque, Mindoro, Semirara), Singapore.

Dasia haliana

Sri Lanka Tree Skink, (Haly's Tree Skink)

Srilankanischer Baumskink, Ceylon-Baumskink

Srilankansk Træskink

1887 Euprepes halianus Nevill
Theconyx halianus Annandale 1906
Lygosoma halianus Deraniyagala 1931
Dasia haliana Smith 1935

Remarks: Now restricted to Sri Lanka. A population in southern India was first thought to represent subcaerulea (e.g., Venugopal 2010; Wickramasinghe, Wickramasinghe & Kariyawasam 2011), but later described as a new species, johnsinghi. According to Chandramouli & Amarasinghe (2015), the authorship of Euprepes halianus should be Nevill, not Haly & Nevill, as cited in most earlier publications.
Distribution: Sri Lanka.

Dasia johnsinghi

South Indian Barred Tree Skink, (Barred Tree Skink)

Südindischer Gebänderter Baumskink

Sydindisk Bånd-træskink

2012 Dasia johnsinghi Harikrishnan, Vasudevan, Silva, Deepak, Kar, Naniwadekar, Lalremruata, Prasoona & Aggarwal

Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).

Dasia nicobarensis

Nicobar Tree Skink, Nicobar Dasia

Nicobarischer Baumskink

Nicobarisk Træskink

1977 Dasia nicobarensis Biswas & Sanyal

Distribution: India (Nicobar Islands).

Dasia olivacea

Olive Tree Skink, Olivacious Tree Skink, Greenish Brown Dasia

Olivfarbiger Baumskink

Olivengrøn Træskink

1839 Dasia olivacea Gray
Euprepes olivaceus Günther 1864
Tiliqua olivacea Stoliczka 1870
Lygosoma olivaceum Boulenger 1887
Dasia olivaceum Barbour 1912
1839 Euprepes ernestii Duméril & Bibron (syn. Inger & Brown 1980)
1925 Mabuia wirzi Roux (syn. Shea & Iskandar 2020)
Eutropis wirzi Mausfeld, Schmitz, Böhme, Misof, Vrcibradic & Rocha 2002 [by implication]

Remarks: Records from the Philippines refer to either griffini, grisea, or semicincta (Brown & Alcala 1980).
Distribution: Cambodia, India (Nicobar Islands), Indonesia (Anambas Islands, Babi, Bali, Java, Kalimantan, Lingga Islands, Natuna Islands, Nias, Siberut, Simeulue, Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, West Malaysia [incl. Langkawi Archipelago, Penang Island, Perhentian Islands, Seribuat Archipelago (incl. Aur, Pemanggil, Tioman)]), Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam (incl. Con Dao Islands [Con Son]).

Dasia olivacea
© Henrik Bringsøe

Dasia semicincta

Southern Keel-scaled Tree Skink, Half-banded Tree Skink

Halbgebänderter Baumskink

Halvbåndet Træskink

1867 Euprepes semicinctus Peters
Dasia semicincta Taylor 1915
Dasia olivaceum semicincta Taylor 1922

Remarks: Presence in Panay, Philippines, needs confirmation (Ferner, Brown, Sison & Kennedy 2001).
Distribution: Malaysia (Sarawak), Philippines (Mindanao).

Dasia subcaerulea

Blue-bellied Tree Skink, (Boulenger's Tree Skink)


Blåbuget Træskink

1891 Lygosoma subcaeruleum Boulenger
Dasia subcaerulea Smith 1935

Distribution: India (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu).