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Tropidophorus micropus LIDTH DE JEUDE, 1905

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymTropidophorus micropus LIDTH DE JEUDE 1905
Tropidophorus micropus — BARBOUR 1912: 189
Tropidophorus micropus — DE ROOIJ 1915: 277
Norbea micropus — MITTLEMAN 1952
Tropidophorus microlepis — WELCH, COOKE &WRIGHT 1990: 112
Tropidophorus micropus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 283
Tropidophorus micropus — HONDA et al. 2006 
DistributionIndonesia (Borneo)

Localities in Borneo: SARAWAK: Rajang basin near Kapit, Sarawak, East Malaysia (ZRC uncat., THH 9806); SABAH: Ranau, Mt. Kinabalu (SSM 0531-32; 0536); Kampung Ponohuan, Kiulu, Tuaran (UKMS [at present UMS] Re. 436); Kampung Malangang Lama, Kiulu, Tuaran (UKMS [at present UMS] Re. 424-425); KALIMANTAN: Long Bloe (De Rooij, 1915: 278; Lidth de Jeude, 1905).

Type locality: "Long Bloe Upper Mahakkam River" (unlocated, in Kalimantan, Indonesia; Borneo).  
TypesHolotype: RMNH 4452 
CommentKnown from only 3 specimens. Records of the species by Stuebing et al. (1999) and Das (2004) are based on misidentified specimens. 
EtymologyNamed for the short legs of the species. Fairly common in Sarawak. 
  • Barbour, Thomas 1912. A Contribution to the Zoögeography of the East Indian Islands. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoölogy 44 (1): 1-203 - get paper here
  • Das , I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo. Natural History Publications, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 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 - get paper here
  • Lidth DE JEUDE, T.W. VAN 1905. Zoological results of the Dutch Scientific Expedition to Central-Borneo. The reptiles. Notes from the Leyden Museum 25 (4): 187-202. - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. & Grossmann, W. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 512 pp. - get paper here
  • PUI, Yong Min & DAS, Indraneil 2017. Rediscovery and Redescription of Tropidophorus micropus van Lidth de Jeude, 1905 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo) Asian Herpetological Research 8 (2): 147-150; DOI:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.160015 - get paper here
  • Stuebing R. B., Iskandar D. T., Sabky S. 1999. Herpetofauna. In: The 1997 Borneo Biodiversity Expedition to the Trans-boundary Biodiversity Conservation Area of Betung-Kerihun National Park (West Kalimantan, Indonesia) and Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary (Sarawak, Malaysia). pp: 112–116; 234–24 International Tropical Timber Organization, Yokohama
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