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Tropidophorus sinicus BOETTGER, 1886

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesChinese water skink 
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
  • 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.
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
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