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








Genus
Kaestlea

Indian Ground Skinks

Indische Erdskinke

Indiske Jordskinker

2004 Kaestlea Eremchenko & Das (type species: Mocoa bilineatum Gray 1846)
Contents: 5 species, all of which are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: The species of this genus were previously placed in Scincella (e.g., Smith 1935; Ouboter 1986).
Distribution: India (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu).

Kaestlea beddomii

Kerala Ground Skink, (Beddome's Ground Skink)

Kerala-Erdskink

Kerala-jordskink

1887 Lygosoma beddomii Boulenger
Leiolopisma beddomei Smith 1935
Scincella beddomi Greer 1974
Kaestlea beddomii Eremchenko & Das 2004

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of bilineata (e.g., Ouboter 1986). Revalidated by Eremchenko & Das (2004).
Distribution: India (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Kaestlea bilineata

Nilgiri Ground Skink

Nilgiri-Erdskink

Nilgiri-jordskink

1846 Mocoa bilineata Gray
Eumeces bilineatus Günther 1864
Lygosoma bilineatum Boulenger 1887
Leiolopisma bilineatum Smith 1935
Scincella bilineata Mittleman 1952
Kaestlea bilineata Eremchenko & Das 2004

Remarks: Presence in Kerala needs confirmation. It was reported from the state by Murthy (1985), but neither by Easa & Ramachandran (2004), nor by Eremchenko & Das (2004).
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Kaestlea laterimaculata

Side-spotted Ground Skink, Lateral-spotted Slender Skink

Seitenfleck-Erdskink, Seitenfleck-Schlankskink

Sideplettet Jordskink

1887 Lygosoma laterimaculatum Boulenger
Leiolopisma laterimaculatum Smith 1935
Lygosoma bilineatum laterimaculatum Constable 1949
Scincella laterimaculata Greer 1974
Kaestlea laterimaculata Eremchenko & Das 2004

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of travancorica (e.g., Ouboter 1986).
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Kaestlea palnica

Palni Hills Ground Skink

Palni-Hills-Erdskink

Palni Hills-jordskink

1892 Lygosoma travancoricum var. palnica Boettger
Leiolopisma palnicum Smith 1935
Kaestlea palnica Eremchenko & Das 2004

Remarks: Regarded as a synonym of travancorica by Ouboter (1986), but as a valid species by Das (2002) and Eremchenko & Das (2004).
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).


Kaestlea travancorica

South Indian Ground Skink, Travancore Ground Skink

Südindischer Erdskink

Sydindisk Jordskink

1870 Mocoa travancorica Beddome
Lygosoma travancoricum Boulenger 1887
Leiolopisma travancoricum Smith 1935
Scincella travankorica [lapsus] Mittleman 1952
Kaestlea travancorica Eremchenko & Das 2004

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).