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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Fat Skink
G: Korpulenter Schlangenskink 
SynonymLygosoma corpulentum SMITH 1921: 431
Riopa corpulenta — SMITH 1935: 313
Lygosoma corpulentum — BOBROV 1995
Lygosoma carinatum DAREVSKY & ORLOVA 1996 (fide GEISSLER et al. 2011)
Lygosoma corpulenta — GREER 2001
Riopa corpulenta — RUSS J HERP 2006 (3): cover
Lygosoma corpulentum — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Lygosoma carinatum — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Riopa carinata — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Riopa corpulenta — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Lygosoma corpulentum — GEISSLER et al. 2012
Lygosoma corpulentum — FREITAS et al. 2019 
DistributionS Vietnam (Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa), S Laos, Thailand

Type locality: Dalat, Langbian Plateau, S. Annam

carinatum: Vietnam (Gia Lai); Type locality: Kannak (K Bang District, Gia Lai Province, Vietnam, 600 m elevation)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.3.66 (formerly 1921.5.4.1) (although given as private collection of M.A. Smith No. 2128 by NGUYEN et al. 2009)
Holotype: ZISP = ZIN 20482 [carinatum] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The species is characterized by the follow- ing characters: SVL 97.8–168.9 mm, ± equal to TaL; TrunkL 1.6–2.2 times longer than SFlL; lower eyelids scaly; supranasals in contact; frontoparietals 2; fron- toparietals half as long as frontal; nuchals absent or in 1 pair; ear openings without lobules; supralabials 7; scale rows around midbody 36–40; paravertebral scales 78–86; limbs short (SVL/FlL: about 7; SVL/HlL: about 5); subdigital lamellae under fourth toe 11–15 (Smith 1921, 1935; Darevsky & Orlova 1996; pers. observ.) (Geissler et al. 2011) 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after its stout appearance.
Lygosoma carinatum is derived from Latin carinatus, keeled and is in reference to the keeled dorsal scales of this species. 
References
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Bobrov, V. V. 1995. Checklist and bibliography of lizards of Vietnam. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (105): - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Darevsky I S. & Orlova V F. 1996. A new species of slender skinks, Lygosoma carinatum (Sauria, Scincidae), from South Vietnam [in Russian]. Zoologicheskii Zhurnal (5): 791-795.
  • FREITAS, ELYSE S.; ANIRUDDHA DATTA-ROY, PRAVEEN KARANTH, L. LEE GRISMER and CAMERON D. SILER 2019. Multilocus phylogeny and a new classification for African, Asian and Indian supple and writhing skinks (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 186 (4): 1067–1096 - get paper here
  • GEISSLER, PETER; TIMO HARTMANN & THY NEANG 2012. A new species of the genus Lygosoma Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Scincidae) from northeastern Cambodia, with an updated identification key to the genus Lygosoma in mainland Southeast Asia. Zootaxa 3190: 56–68
  • Geissler, Peter; Truong Quang Nguyen, Trung My Phung, Robert Wayne Van Devender, Timo Hartmann, Balázs Farkas, Thomas Ziegler and Wolfgang Böhme 2011. A review of Indochinese skinks of the genus Lygosoma Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Scincidae), with natural history notes and an identification key. BIOLOGIA 66 (6): 1159-1176 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 2001. Distribution of maximum snout-vent length among species of Scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 35 (3): 383-395 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, W. & Harbig, P. 2010. Pflege und Vermehrung des Korpulenten Schlangenskinks Lygosoma corpulentum SMITH, 1921 im Terrarium – Erste Ergebnisse. Sauria 32 (1): 35-46 - get paper here
  • Jestrzemski, Daniel; Stefan Schütz, Truong Quang Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler 2013. A survey of amphibians and reptiles in Chu Mom Ray National Park, Vietnam, with implications for herpetofaunal conservation. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 2 (2): 88–110 - get paper here
  • Nabhitabhata, J., T. Chan-ard and Y. Chuaynkern 2000. Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles in Thailand. Office of Environmental Policy and Planning, Bankok. 152pp.
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1921. New or little-known Reptiles and Batrachians from Southern Annam (Indochina). Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1921: 423-440 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Ziegler, T; Schmitz, A; Heidrich, A; Vu, NT; Nguyen, QT 2007. A new species of Lygosoma (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from the Central Truong Son, Vietnam, with notes on its molecular phylogenetic position. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 114 (2): 397-415 - get paper here
 
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