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Tropidophorus sinicus BOETTGER, 1886

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Chinese water skink
Chinese: 中国棱蜥 
SynonymTropidophorus sinicus BOETTGER 1886: 519
Tropidophorus sinicus — SMITH 1935: 327
Tropidophorus sinicus — BOBROV 1995
Tropidophorus sinicus — HONDA et al. 2006 
DistributionChina (Guangxi, Guangdong, Hong Kong),

Type locality: “Deng-u.shan, Canton Province”  
TypesHolotype: SMF 15750 (6362, 2a in Boettger, 1893), Ding-hu-shan, Canton, collected O. Herz, v.1886. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Upper head scales distinctly striated; fronto-nasal divided by a longitudinal suture; prefrontals in contact or separated; loreals 2, anterior one undivided; superciliaries 5 – 6, superciliary row not completed along the entire length of lateral edge of supraoculars; supralabials 6, fourth below the eye; infralabials 5 – 6; postmental divided; midbody scales in 28 – 30 rows; 13 – 14 scale rows at position of tenth subcaudal on tail; paravertebral scales 44 – 49; ventral scales in 48 – 57 transverse rows; 2 enlarged precloacals; subdigital la- mellae 17 – 20 under fourth toe (Smith 1935; Bour ret 2009; Truong et al. 2010). 
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  • 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
  • Bourret,R. 1937. Notes herpétologiques sur l’indochine française. XV. Lézards et serpents reçu au laboratoire des Sciences Naturelles de l’Université au cours de l’année 1937. Descriptions de deux espèces et de deux variétés nouvelles. Bulletin Générale de l’Instruction Publique 5. Gouvernement Généneral de l’Indochine, pp. 57-82
  • Hecht, Vera L.; Cuong T. Pham, Tao T. Nguyen, Truong Q. Nguyen, Michael Bonkowski & Thomas Ziegler 2013. First report on the herpetofauna of Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve, northeastern Vietnam. Biodiversity Journal 4 (4): 507–552
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
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