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Tropidophorus berdmorei (BLYTH, 1853)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Sauria (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Berdmore’s Water Skink
G: Berdmores Wasserskink 
SynonymAspris Berdmorei BLYTH 1853: 651
Tropidophorus Berdmorei THEOBALD 1868
Tropidophorus yunnanensis BOULENGER 1887
Tropidophorus berdmorei — SMITH 1935: 325
Tropidophorus berdmorei — TAYLOR 1963: 986
Tropidophorus berdmorei — COX et al. 1998: 120
Tropidophorus berdmorei — HONDA et al. 2006 
DistributionChina (Yunnan), Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand, Vietnam

Type locality: “Mergui” (Myanmar). Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesThe original description was based on a single specimen (Blyth, 1853). Smith (1923) mentioned syntypes ZSI 2270–72 
CommentDiagnosis. This species is characterized by the following characters (after Boulenger 1887; Smith 1923, 1935; Taylor 1963; Greer & Biswas 2004; Chuaynkern et al. 2005; Bour ret 2009): moderate size, SVL of adults 76.28 +/- 6.91 mm, n = 24 (Chuaynkern et al. 2005); upper head scales smooth; frontonasal undivided; prefrontals in contact with or separated from each other; parietals usually in contact posteriorly; loreals 2, anterior one usually divided; supraciliaries 8 and supraciliary row not completed along the entire length of lateral edge of supraoculars; nuchals in 2 pairs; supralabials 6, fourth below the eye; infralabials 5 – 7; postmental undivided; midbody scales in 32 – 40 rows; dorsal scales smaller than ventrals; paravertebral scales 64; ventrals in 53 transverse rows; 2 enlarged precloa- cals; subdigital lamellae 22 under fourth toe [from TRUONG et al. 2010]. 
EtymologyEtymology: Named after Thomas Mathew Berdmore (1811 - 1858), Assistant Commissioner in Northern Tenasserim. 
  • Blyth,E. 1854. Notices and descriptions of various reptiles, new or little-known. Part I. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 22 [1853]: 639-655 - get paper here
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • 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
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Jarujin Nabhitabhata & Thirakhupt,Kumthorn 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp.
  • 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
  • Nguyen, Quang Truong; Nguyen Van Sang, Nikolai Orlov, Hoang Ngoc Thao, Wolfgang Böhme and Thomas Zie 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, 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
  • Sang, Nguyen Van; Ho Thu Cuc, Nguyen, Quang Truong 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
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