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Tropidophorus microlepis GÜNTHER, 1861

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Small-scaled Water Skink
G: Kleinschuppiger Wasserskink 
SynonymTropidophorus microlepis GÜNTHER 1861: 188
Tropidophorus microlepis GÜNTHER 1861: 267
Tropidophorus microlepis — SMITH 1935: 328
Tropidophorus cochinchinensis — BOULENGER 1887: 363 (part. fide SMITH)
Tropidophorus microlepis — TAYLOR 1963: 983
Tropidophorus microlepis — COX et al. 1998: 121
Tropidophorus microlepis — STUART et al. 2006 
DistributionS Thailand, Vietnam (Langbian plateau, Son La), Cambodia, Laos

Type locality: Khao Sebab, Chantabun [now Chanthaburi], S.E. Siam [= Thailand]  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.20.85 (formerly 1860.8.28.21). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Upper head scales strongly striated; frontonasal undivided; prefrontals in contact with each other; loreals 2, separated from supralabials by a series of 4 – 5 small scales; superciliaries 5 – 7, superciliary row not completed along the entire length of lateral edge of supraoculars; supralabials 7, f ifth below the eye; infralabials 6 – 7; postmental undivided; midbody scales in 28 – 32 rows; 13 – 14 scale rows at position of tenth subcaudal on tail; paravertebral scales 40 – 46; dorsal scales on tail distinctly keeled, two series of moderately elevated spines along middle of dorsal tail, not being continuous with those on back; ventral scales in 49 – 52 transverse rows; 3 enlarged precloacals; subdigital lamellae 20 – 22 under fourth toe (Smith 1935; Taylor 1963; Bourret 2009; Truong et al. 2010). 
  • 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: 575 pp. - 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - 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, 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, 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
  • Smith, M.A. 1923. A review of the lizards of the genus Tropidophorus on the Asiatic mainland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1923: 775-781 - 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.
  • Stuart, B.; Sok, K. & Neang, T. 2006. A collection of amphibians and reptiles from hilly Eastern Cambodia. Raffles Bull. Zool. 54 (1): 129-155 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
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