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Cophoscincopus durus (COPE, 1862)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesKeeled Water Skink 
SynonymTiliqua dura COPE 1862: 190
Lygosoma durum — BOULENGER 1887: 304
Cophoscincopus durus — MERTENS 1933 (nom. nov.)
Cophoscincopus durus — GREER 1974: 29
Cophoscincopus durus — BÖHME, SCHMITZ & ZIEGLER 2000
Cophoscincopus durus — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012 
DistributionLiberia, Sierra Leone, S Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana

Type locality: Western Africa. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: USNM 5996 
CommentCophoscincus simulans VAILLANT 1884 has been removed from the synonymy of C. durus by BÖHME et al. (2000).

Type Species: Tiliqua dura is the type species of the genus Cophoscincopus MERTENS 1934 (a replacement name for Cophoscincus VAILLANT 1884 fide GREER 1974). Originally, Cophoscincus simulans VAILLANT 1884 was the type species of the genus Cophoscincus VAILLANT 1884. For diagnostic features see MITTLEMAN 1952: 8. 
References
  • Böhme, W, Schmitz, A. & T. Ziegler 2000. A review of the West African skink genus Cophoscincopus MERTENS (Reptilia: Scincidae: Lygosominae): Resurrection of C. simulans (VAILLANT, 1884) and description of a new species. Rev. Suisse Zool., 107 (4): 777-791 - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Christian Brede & Philipp Wagner 2011. The reptiles (Testudines, Squamata, Crocodylia) of the forested southeast of the Republic Guinea (Guinée forestière), wit a country-wide checklist. Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 35-61 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Branch, W.R. & Rödel, M.-O. 2003. Herpetological survey of the Haute Dodo and Cavally forests, western ivory Coast, Part II: Trapping, results and reptiles. Salamandra 39 (1): 21-38 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1862. On Lacerta echinata and Tiliqua dura. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 1862: 189-191 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Hoogmoed, M.S. 1979. Herpetologische waarnemingen in Ghana [part 1 - introduction]. Lacerta 37 (10-11): 164-168 - get paper here
  • Hoogmoed, M.S. 1980. Herpetologische waarnemingen in Ghana [part 4]. Lacerta 38 (6): 50-53 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1938. On a collection of reptiles and amphibians from Liberia. Proc. New England Zool. Club 17: 49-74
  • Mertens, R. 1933. Die Scinciden-Gattung Cophoscincopus Vaillant. Zool. Anz. 102: 188-190
  • Mudrack, W. 1985. Ein Beitrag zur Haltung und Zucht des Wasserskinkes Cophoscincopus durus (COPE, 1862). Sauria 7 (1): 29-30 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • Vaillant,L. 1884. Note sur une collection de Reptiles rapportée d'Assinie par M. Chaper. Bull. Soc. Philom. Paris (7) 8: 168-171 - get paper here
 
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