Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Importance of skinks. 3. A review of scincid taxonomy and biology of India. 4. Landscapes and habitats of India (with maps). 5. Biogeography of Indian skinks. 6. Phylogenetic relationships (by Dr. Aniruddha Datta-Roy). 7. Methodology followed. 8. Key to the genera of Indian skinks. 9. Species accounts. 10. Genus: Ablepharus. 11. Genus: Asymblepharus. 12. Genus: Barkudia. 13. Genus: Dasia. 14. Genus: Eurylepis. 15. Genus: Eutropis. 16. Genus: Kaestlea. 17. Genus: Lipinia. 18. Genus: Ophiomorus. 19. Genus: Riopa. 20. Genus: Subdoluseps. 21. Genus: Ristella. 22. Genus: Scincella. 23. Genus: Sepsophis. 24. Genus: Sphenomorphus. 25. Genus: Tropidophorus. 26. The Chalcides conundrum. Measurements of referred material. Discussion. References. Glossary.
This book is the first comprehensive guide to the skinks of India. Comprising of ~60 currently recognised species in ~16 genera, India has a large diversity of skinks living in a multitude of landscapes. This book includes a detailed description of all the currently valid species, described from the Zoological collections of the Zoological survey of India and other museum collections such as the Bombay Natural History Society. This book also contains color images for every species, descriptive illustrations for identifying genus level characters, distribution maps made from pervious recorded literature.