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Tropidophorus grayi GÜNTHER, 1861

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesGray's Keeled Skink 
SynonymTropidophorus grayi GÜNTHER 1861: 189
Tropidophorus grayi — GÜNTHER 1873: 165
Tropidophorus grayi — BOULENGER 1887: 364
Tropidophorus concincinensis GRAY 1845: 101 (not DUMÉRIL & BIBRON)
Enoplosaurus insignis SAUVAGE 1879: 211
Tropidophorus Grayi — FISCHER 1884: 43
Tropidophorus grayi — TAYLOR 1922
Tropidophorus grayi — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 222
Tropidophorus grayi— GREER & BISWAS 2004
Tropidophorus aphilus — UNKNOWN AUTHOR (nom. nud.)
Tropidophorus apulus — HIKIDA et al. 2003 (nom. nud.) 
DistributionPhilippines (Panay, Luzon, Polillo,, Leyte, Negros, Mastabe, Cebu)

Type locality: Philippines.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
CommentSynonymy mainly after BROWN & ALCALA 1980. Populations of Tropidophorus from Sulawesi (Indonesia) have been referred to T. grayi, but Hikida et al. (2003) described them as a new species, T. baconi.

Tropidophorus aphilus and T. apulus are nomina nuda according to HIKIDA et al. (2003) and the latter may be a misspelling of the former. Both appear to refer to T. grayi and are thus listed here. 
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  • Brown, WC. & A.C. ALCALA 1980. Philippine Lizards of the family Scincidae. Silliman Univ. Nat. Sci., Dumaguete City, Mon., Ser. 2: i-xi + 1-246.
  • Ferner, John W., Rafe M. Brown, Rogelio V. Sison and Robert S. Kennedy 2000. The amphibians and reptiles of Panay Island, Philippines. Asiatic Herpetological Research 9: 1-37 - get paper here
  • Fischer, J. G. 1884. Herpetologische Bemerkungen. Abh. Nat. Ver. Hamburg 8 (2): 43-51 (3-11)
  • Gaulke, M. 2011. The herpetofauna of Panay Island, Philippines. Edition Chimaira, 390 pp.
  • Gaulke, M. 2012. Grays Kielskink (Tropidophorus grayi GÜNTHER 1861). Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (4): 76-81
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. & Biswas, S. 2004. A Generic Diagnosis for the Southeast Asian Scincid Lizard Genus Tropidophorus Dumeéril and Bibron, 1839 with Some Additional Comments on Its Morphology and Distribution. Journal of Herpetology 38 (3): 426-430 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1861. Second list of Siamese reptiles. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1861: 187-189 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1861. Second list of Siamese reptiles. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 8: 266-268 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1873. Notes on some reptiles and batrachians obtained by Dr. Bernhard Meyer in Celebes and the Philippine Islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1873: 165-172 - get paper here
  • Harbig, P. 1999. Zur Terrarienhaltung und Zucht von Tropidophorus grayi Günther, 1861. Sauria 21 (3): 35-42 - get paper here
  • Hikida, T.; Riyanto, A. & Ota, H. 2003. A new water skink of the genus Tropidophorus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Current Herpetology 22 (1): 29-36
  • Klemmer K. & GAULKE M. 1993. Zur Kenntnis von Brachymeles und Tropidophorus (Sauria: Scincidae). Salamandra 29 (1): 55-64 - get paper here
  • Pianka, E.R. & Vitt, L.J. 2003. Lizards - Windows to the Evolution of Diversity. University of California Press, Berkeley, 347 pp. [review in Copeia 2004: 955] - get paper here
  • Sauvage, H. E. 1879. Sur un Chalcidien de genre nouveau, voisin du Tribolonote. Bull. Soc. philom. Paris (7) 3: 210-212 - get paper here
  • SUPSUP, Christian E.; Nevong M. PUNA, Augusto A. ASIS, Bernard R. REDOBLADO, Maria Fatima G. PANAGUINIT, Faith M. GUINTO, Edmund B. RICO, Arvin C. DIESMOS, Rafe M. BROWN and Neil Aldrin D. MALLARI 2016. Amphibians and Reptiles of Cebu, Philippines: The Poorly Understood Herpetofauna of an Island with Very Little Remaining Natural Habitat Asian Herpetological Research 2016, 7(3): 151–179 DOI: 10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.150049 - get paper here
  • Taylor,E.H. 1922. The lizards of the Philippine Islands. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Science, Government of the Philippine Islands, Manila, Publication no. 17: 269 pp. - get paper here
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