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Tropidophorus laotus SMITH, 1923

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Laotian Keeled Skink
G: Laos-Wasserskink 
SynonymTropidophorus laotus SMITH 1923
Tropidophorus laotus — SMITH 1935: 325
Tropidophorus laotus — TAYLOR 1963: 989
Tropidophorus laotus — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 145
Tropidophorus laotus — HONDA et al. 2006 
DistributionThailand, Laos (Pak Lai district, fide SMITH 1935: 326)

Type locality: “Muang Liep, N. of Pak Lai, Upper Mekong, French Laos”  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.13.71-72 (formerly 1923.5.14.25-26; Smith's collection numbers 5410, 5414), Muang Liep, N of Pak Lai, Upper Mekong River, Laos, collected M.A. Smith. 
CommentFrank & Ramus erroneously gave “SMITH 1849” as author.

Illustration: in DAS 2010, although on plate 36, the name Tropidophorus laotus Smith, 1923 is wrongly associated to a drawing of T. hangman, and vice versa. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Chan-ard,T.; Grossmann,W.; Gumprecht,A. & Schulz,K. D. 1999. Amphibians and reptiles of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand - an illustrated checklist [bilingual English and German]. Bushmaster Publications, Würselen, Gemany, 240 pp. [book review in Russ. J Herp. 7: 87] - get paper here
  • Chuaynkern, Y., Nabhitabhata, J., Inthara, C. Kamsook, M. & K. Somsri 2005. A New Species of the Water Skink Tropidophorus (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Northeast Thailand. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal 1(2): 165-176 - get paper here
  • Chuaynkern, Yodchaiy, Chantip Chuaynkern, Krairat Eiamampai, Thiti Sornsa, Kuntida Ittiporn, Chalermchai Ouchan and Prateep Duengkae. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Tropidophorus laotus (Laotian water skink). Herpetological Review 44 (4): 627 - get paper here
  • Das, I. 2010. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Southeast Asia. New Holland, London. 376 pp. [book review in Sauria 33 (3): 51, and Russ. J. Herp. 18: 325] - get paper here
  • Harbig, Peter 2000. Erste Erfahrungen bei Terrarienhaltung und Zucht des Laos-Kielskinks, Tropidophorus laotus Smith, 1923. Sauria 22 (4): 3-9 - 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
  • Loveridge, Arthur 1945. New scincid lizards of the genera Tropidophorus and Lygosoma from New Guinea. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 58: 47-52 - 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, T.Q; Nguyen, T.T.; Schmitz, A.; Orlov, N.L. & Ziegler, T. 2010. A new species of the genus Tropidophorus Duméril & Bibron, 1839 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from Vietnam. Zootaxa 2439: 53–68 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1923. A review of the lizards of the genus Tropidophorus on the Asiatic mainland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1923: 775-781 - 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.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
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