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Tropidophorus partelloi STEJNEGER, 1910

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Partello's Waterside Skink 
SynonymTropidophorus partelloi STEJNEGER 1910
Tropidophorus partelloi — TAYLOR 1922
Norbea partelloi — MITTLEMAN 1952
Tropidophorus partelloi — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 226
Tropidophorus partelloi— GREER & BISWAS 2004 
DistributionPhilippines (Mindanao)

Type locality: Mataling River Falls, Cotabato Province, Mindanao.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 39308 
DiagnosisDEFINITION. A large Tropidophorus, snout-vent length 122 - 124 mm for 2 mature males and 126.5 mm for 1 m.ature female; snout moderately tapered, rounded at tip, its length 30 - 33% of head length and 39 - 48% of head breadth; head breadth 69 - 77 % of head length and 17 - 20 % of snout-vent length; ey~ moderate, its diameter 86 - 96% of snout length and 27 - 29 % of head breadth; rostral broader than high, concave dorsally; a single frontonasal; anterior loreal usually higher than long, sometimes divided into 2 superimposed shields, usually shorter than posterior loreal; prefrontals in broad contact; frontal moderately broad, in contact with 2 or 3 supraoculars, much longer than frontoparietals; 4 large supra-oculars; interparietal long and narrow; parietals large, separated by interparietal and 2 small shields; no nuchals; 6 or 7 upper labials, 5th beneath center of eye but separated from it by row of sman scales; 4 lower labial~; head shields without keels but with low embossing; dorsal and lateral scaleR on body have low keels, those on tail raised to a sharp spine posteriorly; 28-32 midbody scale rows; 41-44 transverse rows along vertebral line between parietals and base of tail; 1 or 2 large preanals; limbs moderately developed, length of extended hind limb 87 - 92% of axilla-groin distance and 42 - 45% of snout-vent length; 21 - 26 smooth, broad lamellae beneath 4th toe; 7 - 8 lamellae beneath 1st toe; rank of toes from longest to shortest 4, 3, 2, 5, 1 (or 2 and 5 nearly equal) (Brown & Alcala 1980: 226). 
EtymologyNamed after Colonel Joseph McDowell Trimble Partello (1851-1934), an officer in the U.S. Army. He served under General Custer and survived Custer's disastrous campaign against the Sioux. 
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