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Species of Thailand

Rough-scaled sun skink

Eutropis rugifera, Ferdinand Stoliczka, 1870

(In Thai: จิ้งเหลนลายขีด)

Eutropis rugifera, variously known as Nicobar Island skink or Rough-scaled sun skink, is a species of skink from southeastern Asia.


Snout short, obtuse. Lower eyelid scaly. Nostril behind vertical of suture between rostral and first labial; no postnasal; anterior loreal not deeper but much smaller than second; frontonasal broader than long, largely in contact with the rostral and with the frontal: the latter shield longer than the frontoparietals and interparietal together, in contact with the first and second supraoculars; 4 supraoculars, second largest; 6 supraciliaries, first largest; fronto-parietals distinct, larger than the interparietal; a pair of nuchals; 5 (or 4) labials anterior to the subocular, which is large and not narrower below. Ear-opening very small, oval, horizontal, with projecting granules round its border. Dorsal, nuchal, and lateral scales very strongly quinquecarinate; 26 scales round the body, of which 8 or 10 are smooth. The hind limb reaches the elbow of the adpressed fore limb. Subdigital lamellae smooth. Scales on upper surface of tibia bicarinate. Tail 1.6 times the length of head and body. Dark olive-brown above, greenish-white inferiorly. From snout to vent 2-5 inches ; tail 4.5.


The Nicobar Islands (India), S Thailand, Yala, Satun, West Malaysia (Perak, Pahang, Selangor), Singapore, Indonesia (Borneo, Sumatra, Pulau Nias, Mentawai Islands, Java).

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Scientific classification

Eutropis rugifera

Common names

  • German:
    • Nicobaren-Mabuye
    • Grobschuppiger Sonnenskink
  • English:
    • Rough-scaled sun skink
    • Rough-scaled skink
    • Nicobar Island skink
    • Sulawesi bronze bush skink
    • Nicobar sun skink
  • Thai: จิ้งเหลนลายขีด


  • Eutropis rugifera, Larry Lee Grismer (2011)
  • Mabuya rugifera, Indraneil Das (2004)
  • Mabuya rugifera, Rudolf Malkmus et al. (2002)
  • Eutropis rugifera, Patrick Mausfeld et al. (2002)
  • Mabuya rugifera, Allen Eddy Greer & Ronald Archie Nussbaum (2000)
  • Mabuya rugifera, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Mabuya rugifera, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Dasamia rugifera, Indraneil Das (1996)
  • Dasamia rugifera, Horton (1973)
  • Mabuya rugifera, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)


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Rough-scaled skink
Eutropis rugifera
Eutropis rugifera

Range Map

Distribution map of Rough-scaled sun skink, Eutropis rugifera in Thailand
  • Bannang Sata District, Yala
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest
Range map of Eutropis rugifera in Thailand