Species of Thailand

Olive tree skink

Dasia olivacea, John Edward Gray, 1839

(In Thai: จิ้งเหลนต้นไม้)

Dasia olivacea, the olive dasia or olive tree skink, is a species of skink native to Southeast Asia.

Distribution

Dasia olivacea is found south of approximately 15° north in Southeast Asia, including parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore as well as throughout the island of Borneo, on Java, Sumatra and nearby Indonesian islands, and the Indian Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is known from a single locality in Cambodia. The northernmost locality for D. olivacea is the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province of eastern Thailand.

Ecology and conservation

Dasia olivacea lives almost exclusively in trees, only rarely descending to nest or to move between trees. Eggs may be laid more than once per year, in clutches of up to 14 eggs; incubation lasts 69 days. Because it is very widespread and ecologically flexible, D. olivacea is considered to be a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Taxonomy

Dasia olivacea was first described by John Edward Gray in an 1839 publication in the Annals of Natural History, as the type species of the new genus Dasia. The type locality was "Prince of Wales Island" (now Penang Island).

Description

Mature individuals of Dasia olivacea have a green back, with bronze scales towards the flanks and 12 bands of ocelli (eye-like spots) reaching from side to side. The head is primarily a dark olive-green colour with black markings; the underside of the head is a bluish to yellowish green.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Lacertilia
Family
Scincidae
Genus
Dasia
Species
Dasia olivacea

Common names

  • German: Olivfarbener Baumskink
  • English:
    • Olive tree skink
    • Olive dasia
  • Thai: จิ้งเหลนต้นไม้

Synonyms

  • Dasia olivacea, Larry Lee Grismer (2011)
  • Dasia olivacea, Rudolf Malkmus et al. (2002)
  • Dasia olivacea, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Dasia olivacea, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Dasia olivacea, John Roscoe Hendrickson (1966)
  • Dasia olivacea, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)
  • Dasia olivacea, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1935)
  • Lygosoma olivaceum, Karel Willem Dammerman (1929)
  • Mabuia saravacensis, Edward Bartlett (1895)
  • Lygosoma olivaceum, George Albert Boulenger (1887)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Photos

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Dasia olivacea

Copyright Thai National Parks

Dasia olivacea
Dasia olivacea - Kaeng Krachan NP
Dasia olivacea (juvenile)

Copyright Michel Bouffard

Dasia olivacea (juvenile)
Dasia olivacea

Range Map

Distribution map of Olive tree skink, Dasia olivacea in Thailand
  • Betong District, Yala
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Ko Chang District, Trat
  • Ko Chang National Park
  • Ko Lanta District, Krabi
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Tarutao National Marine Park
  • Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi
  • Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Dasia olivacea in Thailand