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Tropidophorus boehmei NGUYEN, NGUYEN, SCHMITZ, ORLOV & ZIEGLER, 2010

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: suggest Boehme’s Water Skink
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn tai boê-me
G: Böhmes Wasserskink 
SynonymTropidophorus boehmei NGUYEN, NGUYEN, SCHMITZ, ORLOV & ZIEGLER 2010 
DistributionVietnam (Lao Cai)

Type locality: forest of Hoang Lien Mountain, near Ban Khoang (22°24’N and 103°47’E), Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, at an elevation of 1200–1300 m.  
Reproductionviviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: VNMN 822, adult male, collected on 10 June 2009 by Nguyen Thien Tao and Nguyen Van Quang. Paratypes. IEBR A.0922 (adult male), IEBR A.0923 (adult female), VNMN 820 (adult female), VNMN 909 (adult male), MHNG 2721.49 (adult male), ZFMK 89136 (adult male), ZFMK 89137 (adult female), the same data as the holotype; ZISP 25745 (adult female) collected on 6 May 2004 by Nikolai Orlov in the forest of Hoang Lien Mountain, near Na Nheo (21°59’N, 104°20’E), Khanh Yen Ha Commune, Van Ban District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, at an altitude of 1000 m a.s.l.; and VNUH S.162 (Bourret’s collection in Hanoi), collected from “Chapa, Tonkin” (now Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Size large, maximum SVL up to 103.5 mm; upper head scales smooth; frontonasal undivided; prefrontals small, widely separated from each other; nuchals 1–4; supralabials 6; supraciliaries 7–8, supraciliary row completed along the entire length of the lateral edge of supraoculars; external ear opening present, tympanum diameter smaller than eye length; midbody scale rows 30–32; dorsal and lateral scales smooth; paravertebral scales 60–69, not widened; ventral scales 56–66; scale rows at position of tenth subcaudal 17–18; medial subcaudals divided from first to fifth, remaining ones approximately 1.5 times wider than neighboring scales; limbs well developed, dorsal surface covered by smooth scales; lamellae smooth, 16–19 under fourth toe; dorsum and tail base dark grey with light transverse bands and two dorsolateral rows of white dots from neck to tail base; body sides dark grey with small white dots from behind the eye to tail base. 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhme, vice director of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn, head of the Vertebrate Section and curator for herpetology, in recognition of his outstanding contributions towards lizard systematics and training of many herpetologist generations. 
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • 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, Thomas Ziegler & Truong Quang; 2010. New discoveries of amphibians and reptiles from Vietnam. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 137–147 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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