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Tropidophorus cocincinensis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cochinchinese water skink 
SynonymTropidophorus Cocincinensis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 556
Tropidophorus cochinchinensis — GÜNTHER 1861: 267
Tropidophorus cochinchinensis – BOULENGER 1887: 363 (part.)
Tropidophorus cocincinensis — SMITH 1923: 780
Tropidophorus cocincinensis — SMITH 1935: 329
Tropidophorus cocincinensis — BOBROV 1995
Tropidophorus concincinesis [sic] — GREER & BISWAS 2004 
DistributionThailand, S Vietnam, Cambodia

Type locality: unknown  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2847. Smith (1923) mentioned 3 type specimens: MNHN-RA 2845-2847. However, the original description was obviously based on a single specimen (Duméril & Bibron 1839). The holotype is MNHN-RA 2847 because it has a TL (179 mm) which is identical with the original description 
CommentNot listed by CHAN-ARD et al. 1999.

Type Species: Tropidophorus cocincinensis is the type species of the genus Tropidophorus Duméril & Bibron, 1839.

Key: Guo et al. 2021 provide a key to the species of Tropidophorus from China. 
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  • Greer, A.E. & Biswas, S. 2004. A Generic Diagnosis for the Southeast Asian Scincid Lizard Genus Tropidophorus Dumeéril and Bibron, 1839 with Some Additional Comments on Its Morphology and Distribution. Journal of Herpetology 38 (3): 426-430 - get paper here
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  • Guo, Ke-Ji; Fu Shu, Nan-Fei Wu, Shun-De Chen, Mian Hou, Sheng-Chao Shi, Xue-Jian Deng 2021. Neotype designation and redescription of Tropidophorus guangxiensis Wen, 1992 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae), with description of a new subspecies from central South China. Zool. Res. 2021, 42(5): 606−613 - get paper here
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