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Brachymeles isangdaliri DAVIS, FELLER, BROWN & SILER, 2014

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAurora Slender Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles isangdaliri DAVIS, FELLER, BROWN & SILER 2014 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon)

Type locality: near the campus of Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT), Barangay Zabali, Municipality of Baler, Aurora Province, Luzon Island, Philippines (15°44’31.2’’N, 121°34’33.6’’E; WGS-84)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: PNM 9791 (formerly KU 323086; RMB Field No. 12651), adult female, collected on 8 June 2009, by A. Diesmos, R. M. Brown, and C. D. Siler.
Paratopotypes: One juvenile (KU 323085) collected on 8 June 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis.—Brachymeles isangdaliri can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: 1) body size small (SVL 59.5 mm); 2) limbs unidactyl; 3) limb length short; 4) supralabials six; 5) infralabials six; 6) supraciliaries six; 7) supraoculars four; 8) midbody scale rows 22; 9) axilla–groin scale rows 73; 10) paravertebral scale rows 97; 11) pineal eye spot present; 12) prefrontal contact absent; 13) frontoparietal contact absent; 14) enlarged chin shields in two pairs; 15) nuchals enlarged; 16) auricular opening absent; 17) presacral vertebrae 47; and 18) uniform body color (Tables 3, 4).

Characters distinguishing Brachymeles isangdaliri from all nonpentadactyl, limbed species of Brachymeles are summarized in Tables 3 and 4. Additionally, B. isangdaliri can be distin- guished from other species in the B. bonitae Complex (B. bonitae, B. mapalonggaon, B. tridactylus) by having unidactyl limbs (vs. polydactyl or digitless limbs; Table 4). Brachymeles isangdaliri can be distinguished from all limbless species of Brachymeles by having limbs and from all pentadactyl species of Brachymeles by having unidactyl limbs. 
CommentHabitat: under rotting logs in secondary-growth forest (1000–1230 h)

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe name of the new species is derived from the Tagalog (Filipino) terms ‘isa,’ meaning one, and ‘daliri,’ meaning digit, to represent the species unidactyl limbs. 
References
  • DAVIS, DREW R.; AARON D. GEHEBER, JESSA L. WATTERS, MICHELLE L. PENROD, KATHRYN D. FELLER, ALISSA ASHFORD, JOSH KOURI, DANIEL NGUYEN, KATHRYN SHAUBERGER, KYRA SHEATSLEY, CLAIRE WINFREY, RACHEL WONG, MARITES B. SANGUILA, RAFE M. BROWN & CAMERON D. SIL 2016. Additions to Philippine Slender Skinks of the Brachymeles bonitae Complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) III: a new species from Tablas Island. Zootaxa 4132 (1): 030–043 - get paper here
  • Davis, Drew R.; Kathryn D. Feller, Rafe M. Brown, and Cameron D. Siler 2014. Evaluating the Diversity of Philippine Slender Skinks of the Brachymeles bonitae Complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae): Redescription of B. tridactylus and Descriptions of Two New Species. Journal of Herpetology Dec 2014, Vol. 48, No. 4: 480-494. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
 
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