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Tropidophorus misaminius STEJNEGER, 1908

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Misamis Waterside Skink 
SynonymTropidophorus misaminius STEJNEGER 1908
Tropidophorus rivularis TAYLOR 1915: 106
Tropidophorus rivularis — TAYLOR 1922: 240
Tropidophorus stejnegeri TAYLOR 1922: 285
Norbea misaminia — MITTLEMAN 1952
Norbea rivularis — MITTLEMAN 1952
Norbea stejnegeri — MITTLEMAN 1952
Tropidophorus misaminius — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 224
Tropidophorus misaminius — GREER & BISWAS 2004
Tropidophorus misaminius — CAMINO et al. 2023 
DistributionPhilippines (Basilan, Camiguin, Mindanao)

Type locality: Malindang Mtn., Misamis Province, Mindanao.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 37383
Holotype: CAS 60230 [stejnegeri] 
DiagnosisDEFINITION. A large Tropidophorus, snout-vent length 90.1 - 111.6 mm for 5 mature males and 89.7 - 112.2 mm for 8 mature females; snout moderately tapered, rounded at tip, its length 30 - 33% of head length and 41 - 51% of head breadth; head breadth 63 - 77% of head length and 15 - 19% of snout-vent length; eye moderate, its diameter 84 - 100% of snout length and 37 - 48% of head breadth; rostral broader than high, concave on dorsal edge; a single frontonasal; anterior loreal about as broad as long, about equal to or somewhat longer than posterior loreal; prefrontals in broad contact; frontal long and strongly narrowed posteriorly, in contact with 2 or 3 supra-oculars; 4 large supraoculars; frontoparietals short not fused· interparietal long, narrow; parietals large, separated posteriorly by interparietal and sometimes 1 or 2 small shields; no nuchals: 7 or 8 upper labials, 2nd very long, 6th beneath center of eye; 4 or 5 lower labials; dorsal and lateral scales with low keels, those on tail lacking raised spines; 28 - 34 midbody 8cale rows; 44 - 50 transverse rows along vertebral line between parietals and base of tail; one very large preanal; limbs well developed, length of extended hind limb 84 - 103% of axilla-groin distance and 43 - 51% of snout-vent length; 20 - 26 smooth broad lamellae beneath 4th toe; 6 - 8 lamellae beneath 1st toe; rank of adpressed toes from longest to' shortest 4, 3, 2, 5, 1 (Brown & Alcala 1980: 224).

See also detailed description of Tropidophorus rivularis in TAYLOR 1915: 106. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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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.
  • Camino, F. A., Parba, F. J., Tagoon, M. D., Susulan, T. B., Vitor, K. C. A., & Delima-Baron, E. M. 2023. Stomach content analyses of lizard species from Mindanao Island, Philippines. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 22(1), 63-68 - get paper here
  • Daan, S. & Hillenius,D. 1966. Catalogue of the type specimens of amphibians and reptiles in the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam. Beaufortia 13: 117-144
  • 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
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  • Mittleman, M.B. 1952. A generic synopsis of the Lizards of the Subfamily Lygosominae. Smithson. misc. Collns, 117: 1-35. - get paper here
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