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Tropidophorus beccarii PETERS, 1871

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Beccari's Keeled Skink 
SynonymTropidophorus (Amphixestus) beccarii PETERS 1871: 574
Tropidophorus beccarii — BOULENGER 1887
Tropidophorus beccarii — LIDTH DE JEUDE 1905: 198
Tropidophorus beccarii — DE ROOIJ 1915: 276
Norbea beccarii — MITTLEMAN 1952
Norbea beccarii — EBENHARD & SJÖGREN 1984: 24
Tropidophorus beccarii — MANTHEY 1983
Sphenomorphus aquaticus MALKMUS 1991
Tropidophorus beccarii — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 283
Tropidophorus beccarii — HONDA et al. 2006 
DistributionIndonesia, Malaysia (Borneo)

Type locality: Sarawak [Borneo]

aquaticus: Borneo; Type locality: Kipungit I. behind the Hot Springs/ Poring, SE slope of Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.  
Reproductionovovivparous 
TypesHolotype: MSNG 27931
Holotype: ZFMK 52214; paratypes: ZFMK [aquaticus] 
DiagnosisDescription: Shields of head smooth; frontonasal single, slightly more broad than long; praefrontals in contact; frontal as long as frontoparietals and interparietal together or a little longer; five supraoculars, first longest, fifth smallest, fourth bordering the eye; six or seven supraciliaries anterior to the fourth supraocular; frontoparietals shorter than the interparietal; parietals forming a suture behind the latter. Seven upper labials, fifth and sixth largest and bordering the orbit; five lower labials; a large postmental. Tympanum smaller than the eye-opening. Body slender, with 30 smooth scales round the middle, ventrals largest. Praeanal region covered with a single large plate. Tail slightly compressed, one time and two fifths the length of head and body, with smooth scales. Limbs rather long and slender, the hind limb reaches the wrist or beyond; digits short, with smooth lamellae below (de Rooij 1915: 276).

Coloration: Reddish-brown above, with dark transverse bands or alternating spots; flanks white-spotted. Lower parts yellowish; throat dark-spotted (de Rooij 1915: 276).

Size: Length of head and body 80 mm.; tail 106mm (de Rooij 1915: 276). 
CommentFrank & Ramus 1995 give “PETERS 1854” as author. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Odoardo Beccari (I843-1920), an Italian botanist, who collected in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea, and Ethiopia. 
References
  • ARIFIN, UMILAELA; DJOKO T. ISKANDAR and ROSITA ELIANUR 2011. Herpetofauna Diversity Of Karimata Island-Indonesia. Proceedings of the Conference “Biology of the Amphibians in the Sunda Region, South-east Asia”. Organized by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 28–30 September 2009. pp:1–7. Edited by Indraneil Das et al.. Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conse - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Das , I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo. Natural History Publications, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
  • Ebenhard, T. & Sjögren, P. 1984. Life on a tropical mountain. 2. The reptiles of Mt. Kinabalu. Nature Malaysiana 9 (3): 16-27
  • Goldberg, S. R. 2017. Reproduction in Beccari’s Keeled Skinks, Tropidophorus beccarii (Squamata: Scincidae), from Borneo. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 52: 65 - get paper here
  • Hikida,T. & Ota,H. 1994. Sphenomorphus aquaticus Malkmus 1991, a junior synonym of Tropidophorus beccarii (Peters 1871). Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 45: 57-60 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Lidth DE JEUDE, T.W. VAN 1905. Zoological results of the Dutch Scientific Expedition to Central-Borneo. The reptiles. Notes from the Leyden Museum 25 (4): 187-202. - get paper here
  • Malkmus,R. 1991. Sphenomorphus aquaticus sp.n. (Sauria: Scincidae) vom Mt. Kinabalu/ Nord-Borneo. Sauria 13 (3): 23-28. - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. & Grossmann, W. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 512 pp. - get paper here
  • Manthey,U. 1983. Exkursion am Mt. Kinabalu (4101 m), Nordborneo, Teil 3: Checkliste der Herpetofauna oberhalb 600 m ü. NN. Herpetofauna 5 (23): 20-31 - get paper here
  • Ota,H.; Hikida,T.; Matsui,M. & Morei,A. 1991. Karyotypes of two water skinks of the genus Tropidophorus (Reptilia: Squamata). Journal of Herpetology 25 (4): 488-490 - get paper here
  • Peters, W. 1871. Uber neue Reptilien aus Ostafrika und Sarawak (Borneo), vorzüglich aus der Sammlung des Hrn. Marquis J. Doria zu Genua. Mber. k. preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin [1871]: 566-581 - get paper here
 
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