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Tropidophorus baviensis BOURRET, 1939

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesBavi water skink, Bavay's Keeled Skink 
SynonymTropidophorus baviensis BOURRET 1939
Tropidophorus baviensis — NGO et al. 2000
Tropidophorus baviensis — HONDA et al. 2006 
DistributionVietnam (Son La etc.), Thailand ?

Type locality: Mt. Ba Vi, Ha Tay Province, N Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1948.0063 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Upper head scales smooth; frontonasal undivided; prefrontals in contact with each other; loreals 2, anterior one usually divided; superciliaries 5 – 7, superciliary row nearly completed along the entire length of lateral edge of supraoculars; nuchals in 1 – 2 pairs; supralabials 6, fourth below the eye; infralabials 5; postmental undivided; midbody scales in 28 – 30 rows; 11 scale rows at position of tenth subcaudal on tail; paravertebral scales 47 – 69; ventrals in 44 – 49 transverse rows; 2 enlarged precloacals; subdigital lamellae 18 – 22 under fourth toe (Bourret 1939, 2009; Ngo et al. 2000; Truong et al. 2010). 
CommentNot listed by CHAN-ARD et al. 1999. Reports from Thailand may be erroneous and remain to be confirmed. 
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Bourret, R. 1939. Notes Herpétologiques sur l'Indochine française. XVI Reptiles et Batraciens reçus au Laboratoire des Sciences Naturelles de l'Université au cours de l'anée 1938. Description de trois especes nouvelles. Bull. gen. Instr. publ. Gvt. gén. Indochine, (6) febr. 1939: 13-36.
  • Chuaynkern, Y., Nabhitabhata, J., Inthara, C. Kamsook, M. & K. Somsri 2005. A New Species of the Water Skink Tropidophorus (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Northeast Thailand. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal 1(2): 165-176
  • Hikida, T.; Orlov, N.L.; Nabhitabhata, J. & Ota, H. 2002. Three new depressed-bodied water skinks of the genus Tropidophorus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Thailand and Vietnam. Current Herpetology 21 (1): 9-23
  • Honda, Masanao; Ota, Hidetoshi; Murphy, Robert W.; and Hikida, Tsutomu. 2006. Phylogeny and biogeography of water skinks of the genus Tropidophorus (Reptilia: Scincidae) a molecular approach. Zoologica Scripta 35 (1):85-95 - get paper here
  • Ngo, André; Robert W. Murphy; Nikolai Orlov; Ilya S. Darevsky and Nguyen Van Sang 2000. A redescription of the Ba Vi water skink Tropidophorus baviensis Bourret, 1939. Russ. J. Herpetol. 7 (2): 155-158 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Quang Truong; Nguyen Van Sang, Nikolai Orlov, Hoang Ngoc Thao, Wolfgang Böhme and Thomas Ziegler 2010. A review of the genus Tropidophorus (Squamata, Scincidae) from Vietnam with new species records and additional data on natural history. Zoosyst. Evol . 86 (1): 5 – 19
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Nguyen, T.Q; Nguyen, T.T.; Schmitz, A.; Orlov, N.L. & Ziegler, T. 2010. A new species of the genus Tropidophorus Duméril & Bibron, 1839 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from Vietnam. Zootaxa 2439: 53–68 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Truong Quang; Anh Van Pham, Hoang Van Tu, Tan Van Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler 2018. New records and an updated list of lizards from Son La Province, Vietnam Herpetology Notes 11: 209-216 - get paper here
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