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Tropidophorus noggei ZIEGLER, THANH & THANH, 2005

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Nogge’s water skink 
SynonymTropidophorus noggei ZIEGLER, THANH & THANH 2005
Tropidophorus noggei — TRUONG et al. 2010
Tropidophorus noggei — BÖHME 2014: 157 
DistributionVietnam (Quang Binh)

Type locality: karst forest of Cha Noi, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 83669 (also given as 83668); Paratypes: ZFMK 83669; adult female, same data as holotype, VNUH 18.6.05-1. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Large-sized Tropidophorus: adult females SVL 94.9 – 110.2 mm (mean +/- SE 101.27 +/- 5.66 mm, n = 6), TaL 82.5 mm (n = 1); adult males SVL 101 – 101.8 mm (n = 2), TaL: 121 – 104.5 mm (n = 2); body strongly depressed; upper head scales smooth; frontonasal undivided; prefrontals in contact or separated; parietals usually not in contact with each other posteriorly; loreals 2; supraciliaries 2 – 5, supraciliary row usually completed along the entire length of lateral edge of supraoculars (rarely not completed); supralabials 6; infralabials 4 – 5; postmental undivided; midbody scales in 22 – 24 rows; paravertebral scales 40 – 49; precloacals 2, enlarged; 9 – 10 scale row at position of tenth subcaudal; 18 – 20 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe (after Ziegler et al. 2005, 2007). 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Gunther Nogge, director of the Cologne zoological Garden. 
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Heidrich, A. 2007. Abschlussbericht der Diplomarbeit “Etho-Ökologie und Morphologie ausgewählter Echsenarten im Phong Nha - Ke Bang Nationalpark, Vietnam”. Elaphe 15 (4): 53-58
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • 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, 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
  • Werning, H. 2006. Neu beschriebene Reptilien und Amphibien aus Vietnam. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (57): 4-5 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T.; Heidrich, A.; Schmitz, A. & Böhme, W. 2007. Phylogenetic position, morphology and natural history of the Vietnamese water skink Tropidophorus noggei Ziegler, Vu & Bui, 2005 (Sauria: Scincidae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 114 (3): 599-614 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T.; Thanh, V.N. & Thanh, B.N. 2005. A new water skink of the genus Tropidophorus from the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, central Vietnam (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae). Salamandra 41 (3): 137-146 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Annemarie Ohler; Vu Ngoc Thanh; Le Khac Quyet; Nguyen Xuan Thuan; Dinh Huy Tri & Bui Ngoc Thanh 2006. Review of the amphibian and reptile diversity of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and adjacent areas, central Truong Son, Vietnam. Herpetologica Bonnensis II: 247-262 - get paper here
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