Tropidophorus is a genus of semiaquatic lizards in the skink family (Scincidae), found in Indochina, Borneo, Sulawesi, and the Philippines. They are sometimes known as water skinks[1] or waterside skinks.[2]

T. berdmorei, Figure 3., top
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Sphenomorphinae
Genus: Tropidophorus
A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1839
Type species
T. cocincinensis

See text.


The following 29 species are recognized:[3]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Tropidophorus.


  1. Das I (2010). A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia. London: New Holland. 376 pp. ISBN 978-1-84773-347-4.
  2. See IUCN search results for Tropidophorus
  3. Genus Tropidophorus at The Reptile Database.
  4. Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Tropidophorus grayi, p. 107; T. mocquardi, p. 181).

Further reading

  • Duméril AMC, Bibron G (1839). Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome cinquième [Volume 5]. Paris: Roret. viii + 854 pp. (Tropidophorus, new genus, pp. 554–556). (in French).

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