Species of Thailand

Bronze sun skink

Eutropis macularia, Edward Blyth, 1853

(In Thai: จิ้งเหลนหลากลาย)

The bronze grass skink or bronze mabuya (Eutropis macularia) is a species of skink found in South and Southeast Asia. (Bengali names: তামাটে অঞ্জন, ব্রোঞ্জ অঞ্জন, আরজিনা, আঞ্জন, আঞ্চন, আনজিলা, আঁচিলা).

Description

Physical structure: Body cylindrical, dorsal scales with 5-8 keels, ventral scales smooth; 28-30 scales round the body. A pair of dorso-lateral bands starts from above the eye till the base of the tail. As with other Eutropis species the scales are keeled.

Color pattern: Deep-brown, olive or bronze-brown in color; dorso-lateral bands light or yellow; sometimes with black spots on the base of the tail. Breeding males have orange color on the lateral side of the body. Juveniles are grey with a bronze head.

Length: Maximum: 23 cm, common: 16 cm (SVL 7 cm).

Distribution

This skink is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia (northwestern), Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand & Vietnam. Type locality is Rangpur, Bengal on humans & ecology==

No known human uses. Plays a role in ecosystem by eating various types of insects and otherwise.

Threat to humans

Non-venomous and harmless to humans. May bite when handled, but is not dangerous.

IUCN threat status

Not Evaluated (NE).

Interesting notes

Can break off its own tail when grabbed by predators; the tail regenerative and will grow back over time.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Lacertilia
Family
Scincidae
Genus
Eutropis
Species
Eutropis macularia

Common names

  • German: Gefleckte Mabuye
  • English:
    • Bronze sun skink
    • Variable sun skink
    • Bronze skink
    • Grass sun skink
    • Allapalli grass skink
    • Bronze mabuya
  • Thai: จิ้งเหลนหลากลาย

Subspecies

  • Eutropis macularia macularia, Edward Blyth, 1853

  • Eutropis macularia malcolmi, Edward Harrison Taylor & Robert E. Elbel, 1958

    Range: Type locality: Phu Phak Khi Nak (mt.), near Ban Nam Yen (subvillage), Kok Sathon (village), Dan Sai (district), Loei (province), Thailand.

  • Eutropis macularia postnasalis, Edward Harrison Taylor & Robert E. Elbel, 1958

    Range: Thailand; Type locality: From Phu Lorn Lo (mt.), 2100m elevation, Kok Sathon (village), Dan Sai (district), Loei (province), Thailand.

  • Eutropis macularia quadrifasciata, Edward Harrison Taylor & Robert E. Elbel, 1958

    Range: Thailand; Type locality: Phu Nam Lang (mt.),

Synonyms

  • Mabuya allapallensis, Pratyush Patankar et al. (2014)
  • Eutropis allapallensis, Aniruddha Datta-Roy et al. (2012)
  • Eutropis macularia, P. Dilip Venugopal (2010)
  • Eutropis macularius, T.S.N. Murthy (2010)
  • Mabuya macularia, Roberto Sindaco & Valery K. Jeremčenko (2008)
  • Mabuya macularia macularia, Vladimir V. Bobrov & Dmitry V. Semenov (2008)
  • Mabuya allapallensis, Raju Vajubhai Vyas (2007)
  • Mabuya macularius, Raju Vajubhai Vyas (2007)
  • Eutropis macularius, Larry Lee Grismer et al. (2007)
  • Mabuya macularia, Thomas Ziegler (2002)

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Range Map

Distribution map of Bronze sun skink, Eutropis macularia in Thailand
  • Bo Rai District, Trat
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Kra Buri District, Ranong
  • Mueang Loei District, Loei
  • Nakhon Ratchasima Province
  • Salawin National Park
  • Saraphi District, Chiang Mai
  • Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi
  • Tha Takiap District, Chachoengsao
  • Thalang District, Phuket
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • That Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Eutropis macularia in Thailand