Brachymeles elerae TAYLOR, 1917
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Brachymeles elerae?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Common Short-legged Skink|
|Synonym||Brachymeles elerae TAYLOR 1917|
Brachymeles elerae — TAYLOR 1922
Brachymeles elerae — BROWN & RABOR 1967
Brachymeles elerae — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 23
Brachymeles elerae — SILER et al. 2009
|Distribution||Philippines (Luzon: Kalinga)|
Type locality: Philippines
|Types||Holotype: STUM, Unnumbered specimen (Museum of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines), possibly lost (M. Diesmos, in Siler et al., 2011, was unable to locate herpetological collections among the residue of that museum in 2009).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Habitus very slender; snout to vent length 69-71 mm. for 2 mature specimens ; limbs greatly reduced with vestiges of 4 clawed toes on both fore and hind limbs; length of hindlimb 7.2 to 9.3 per cent of the snout-vent length (4 specimens); no ear opening ; no postnasal ; -22- scale rows around the middle of the body; 83-85 scale rows along the middorsal line between the parietals and the base of the tail (from BROWN 1956).|
|Comment||Species with reduced limbs (4 digits on both fore and hind limbs).|
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.