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ZSI LISTS 62 SPECIES OF SLINKS IN INDIA

ZSI LISTS 62 SPECIES OF SLINKS IN INDIA

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Skinks in India

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  • As per Zoological Survey of India (ZSI),  India is home to 62 species of skinks and about 57% of all the skinks found in India (33 species) are endemic.
  • It gives a phylogenetic and bio-geographical analysis of distribution of these species in all the 11 bio-geographic zones of India.
  • It gives a detailed account on the historical studies on this group of lizards from the British era to the present.
  • The Western Ghats are home to 24 species of which 18 are endemic to the region.
  • The Deccan Peninsular region is home to 19 species of which 13 are endemic. There are records of 14 skink species from the northeast of which two species are endemic.

About Skinks

  • These are highly alert, agile and fast moving and actively forage for a variety of insects and small invertebrates.
  • The reduced limbs of certain skink species or the complete lack of them make their slithering movements resemble those of snakes, leading people to have incorrect notion that they are venomous.

About Zoological Survey of India

  • It was  founded on 1 July 1916 by Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • It is premier Indian organisation in zoological research and studies to promote the survey, exploration and research of the fauna in the country.

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