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Brachymeles apus HIKIDA, 1982

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Hikida's Short-legged Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles apus HIKIDA 1982: 841
Brachymeles apus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 258
Brachymeles apus — MALKMUS et al. 2002: 272
Brachymeles apus — SILER et al. 2009 
DistributionMalaysia (N Borneo, Sabah, Mt. Kinabalu)

Type locality: Bundu Tuhan (alt. about 1300 m, 6° 01’ S, 116° 32’ E), near the headquarters of the Kinabalu National Park, Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.  
TypesHolotype: OMNH (Osaka) R1635, adult female 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless species.

Distribution: This is the only Brachymeles species outside of the Philippines.

Habitat: semifossorial and typically found in dry, rotting material inside or underneath decaying logs or in loose soil, forest floor detritus, and leaf litter of higher elevation forest. 
Etymologyfrom Greek apus, meaning absence of limbs. 
  • Brown, W.C. & E.L. Alcala 1995. A new species of Brachymeles (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Catanduanes Island, Philippines [B. minimus]. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 108 (3): 392-394. - get paper here
  • Das , I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo. Natural History Publications, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
  • Hikida,T. 1982. A new limbless Brachymeles (Sauria: Scincidae) from Mt. Kinabalu, North Borneo. Copeia 1982 (4): 840-844 - get paper here
  • Malkmus, R.; Manthey, U.; Vogel, G. Hoffmann, P. & Kosuch, J. 2002. Amphibians and reptiles of Mount Kinabalu (North Borneo). A.R.G. Ganther Verlag, Rugell, 404 pp.
  • Manthey, U. & Grossmann, W. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 512 pp. - get paper here
  • Siler, C. D.; D.S. Balete; A. C. Diesmos and R. M. Brown 2010. A New Legless Loam-swimming Lizard (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Genus Brachymeles) from the Bicol Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines. Copeia 2010 (1): 114–122 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Edmond L. Rico, Mariano R. Duya, and Rafe M. Brown 2009. A NEW LIMB-REDUCED, LOAM-SWIMMING SKINK (SQUAMATA: SCINCIDAE: BRACHYMELES) FROM CENTRAL LUZON ISLAND, PHILIPPINES. Herpetologica 65 (4): 449 - get paper here
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