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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae (Lygosomini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Fat Skink
G: Korpulenter Schlangenskink 
SynonymLygosoma corpulentum SMITH 1921: 431
Riopa corpulenta — SMITH 1935: 313
Lygosoma corpulentum — BOBROV 1995
Lygosoma carinatum DAREVSKY & ORLOVA 1996 (fide GEISSLER et al. 2011)
Lygosoma corpulenta — GREER 2001
Riopa corpulenta — RUSS J HERP 2006 (3): cover
Lygosoma corpulentum — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Lygosoma carinatum — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Riopa carinata — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Riopa corpulenta — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Lygosoma corpulentum — GEISSLER et al. 2012
Lygosoma corpulentum — FREITAS et al. 2019 
DistributionS Vietnam (Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa), S Laos, Thailand

Type locality: Dalat, Langbian Plateau, S. Annam

carinatum: Vietnam (Gia Lai); Type locality: Kannak (K Bang District, Gia Lai Province, Vietnam, 600 m elevation)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.3.66 (formerly 1921.5.4.1) (although given as private collection of M.A. Smith No. 2128 by NGUYEN et al. 2009)
Holotype: ZISP = ZIN 20482 [carinatum] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The species is characterized by the follow- ing characters: SVL 97.8–168.9 mm, ± equal to TaL; TrunkL 1.6–2.2 times longer than SFlL; lower eyelids scaly; supranasals in contact; frontoparietals 2; fron- toparietals half as long as frontal; nuchals absent or in 1 pair; ear openings without lobules; supralabials 7; scale rows around midbody 36–40; paravertebral scales 78–86; limbs short (SVL/FlL: about 7; SVL/HlL: about 5); subdigital lamellae under fourth toe 11–15 (Smith 1921, 1935; Darevsky & Orlova 1996; pers. observ.) (Geissler et al. 2011) 
EtymologyNamed after its stout appearance.
Lygosoma carinatum is derived from Latin carinatus, keeled and is in reference to the keeled dorsal scales of this species. 
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Bobrov, V. V. 1995. Checklist and bibliography of lizards of Vietnam. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (105): - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Darevsky I S. & Orlova V F. 1996. A new species of slender skinks, Lygosoma carinatum (Sauria, Scincidae), from South Vietnam [in Russian]. Zoologicheskii Zhurnal (5): 791-795.
  • FREITAS, ELYSE S.; ANIRUDDHA DATTA-ROY, PRAVEEN KARANTH, L. LEE GRISMER and CAMERON D. SILER 2019. Multilocus phylogeny and a new classification for African, Asian and Indian supple and writhing skinks (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 186 (4): 1067–1096 - get paper here
  • GEISSLER, PETER; TIMO HARTMANN & THY NEANG 2012. A new species of the genus Lygosoma Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Scincidae) from northeastern Cambodia, with an updated identification key to the genus Lygosoma in mainland Southeast Asia. Zootaxa 3190: 56–68 - get paper here
  • Geissler, Peter; Truong Quang Nguyen, Trung My Phung, Robert Wayne Van Devender, Timo Hartmann, Balázs Farkas, Thomas Ziegler and Wolfgang Böhme 2011. A review of Indochinese skinks of the genus Lygosoma Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Scincidae), with natural history notes and an identification key. BIOLOGIA 66 (6): 1159-1176 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 2001. Distribution of maximum snout-vent length among species of Scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 35 (3): 383-395 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, W. & Harbig, P. 2010. Pflege und Vermehrung des Korpulenten Schlangenskinks Lygosoma corpulentum SMITH, 1921 im Terrarium – Erste Ergebnisse. Sauria 32 (1): 35-46 - get paper here
  • Jestrzemski, Daniel; Stefan Schütz, Truong Quang Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler 2013. A survey of amphibians and reptiles in Chu Mom Ray National Park, Vietnam, with implications for herpetofaunal conservation. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 2 (2): 88–110 - get paper here
  • Nabhitabhata, J., T. Chan-ard and Y. Chuaynkern 2000. Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles in Thailand. Office of Environmental Policy and Planning, Bankok. 152pp.
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1921. New or little-known Reptiles and Batrachians from Southern Annam (Indochina). Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1921: 423-440 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Ziegler, T; Schmitz, A; Heidrich, A; Vu, NT; Nguyen, QT 2007. A new species of Lygosoma (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from the Central Truong Son, Vietnam, with notes on its molecular phylogenetic position. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 114 (2): 397-415 - get paper here
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