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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Black-spotted leaf-litter skink

Binomial name: Scincella melanosticta, George Albert Boulenger, 1887

Also known as Black Ground Skink, Black-spotted Smooth Skink, Scincella melanosticta is a species of skink in the genus of Scincella. It is found in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia possibly also in Laos.

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Scientific classification

Scincella melanosticta

Common names

  • German: Schwarzfleckenglattskink
  • English:
    • Black ground skink
    • Black-spotted smooth skink
    • Black-spotted leaf-litter skink


  • Scincella melanosticta kohtaoensis, Doris Mable Cochran, 1927

  • Scincella melanosticta melanosticta, George Albert Boulenger, 1887


  • Scincella melanosticta, Charles W. Linkem, Arvin Cantor Diesmos & Rafe M. Brown (2011)
  • Scincella kohtaoensis, Glenn Michael Shea & Allen Eddy Greer (2002)
  • Scincella melanosticta, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Scincella melanosticta kohtaoensis, Paul E. Ouboter (1986)
  • Scincella melanosticta, Allen Eddy Greer (1974)
  • Scincella siamensis, Allen Eddy Greer (1974)
  • Scincella kohtaoensis, Allen Eddy Greer (1974)
  • Leiolopisma melanostictum, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)
  • Leiolopisma siamensis, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)
  • Leiolopisma kohtaoensis, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)
  • Leiolopisma siamensis, Edward Harrison Taylor & Robert E. Elbel (1958)
  • Lygosoma reevesi melanosticum, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1935)
  • Scincella melanosticta kohtaoensis, Doris Mable Cochran (1927)
  • Leiolopisma kohtaoensis, Doris Mable Cochran (1927)
  • Lygosoma melanosticum (sic), Malcolm Arthur Smith (1916)
  • Lygosoma melanostictum, George Albert Boulenger (1887)
Scincella melanosticta

Scincella melanosticta

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Distribution map of Black-spotted leaf-litter skink, Scincella melanosticta in Thailand

Range map of Scincella melanosticta in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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