Dasia griffini

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Dasia griffini
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Dasia
Species: D. griffini
Binomial name
Dasia griffini
Taylor, 1915
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Dasia griffini, commonly known as Griffin's keel-scaled tree skink, is a species of tree skink endemic to central and northern Palawan and southern Mindoro in the Philippines.[1][2]


The specific name, griffini, is in honor of American herpetologist Lawrence Edmonds Griffin (1874-1949).[3]

Behavior and habitat[edit]

Dasia griffini is an arboreal lizard. It is found on tree trunks or aerial ferns 7 to 28 metres (23 to 92 ft) above the ground. They inhabit dipterocarp primary forests. More rarely, they are also found in coastal forests and scrubland.[1]


Dasia griffini belongs to the genus Dasia.[4] It is classified under the subfamily Lygosominae of the skink family Scincidae.[5]

Conservation status[edit]

Dasia griffini is threatened by logging activities in their habitats.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Brown R, Dimalibot J, Rico EL. (2007). Dasia griffini. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1.
  2. ^ Siler, Cameron. "Known distribution of Dasia griffini in the Philippines". Biodiversity Research & Education Outreach, Philippines. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. 
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Dasia griffini, p. 108).
  4. ^ Inger, Robert F; Brown, Walter C. (1980). "Species of the Scincid Genus Dasia Gray" (PDF). Fieldiana Zoology. Field Museum of Natural History. New Series (3): 1–11. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.3190. ISSN 0015-0754. 
  5. ^ Uetz, Peter; Hallermann, Jakob; Hosek, Jiri. "Dasia griffini TAYLOR, 1915". The Reptile Database. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor EH. (1915). "New Species of Philippine Lizards". Philippine J. Sci. 10: 89-109 + Plate I. (Dasia griffini, new species, p. 104 + Plate I, figures 5 & 6).