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Brachymeles isangdaliri DAVIS, FELLER, BROWN & SILER, 2014

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Aurora 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)  
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). 
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. 
  • 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 48 (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
  • Siler, C. D., Freitas, E. S., Sheridan, J. A., Maguire, S. N., Davis, D. R., Watters, J. L., ... & Brown, R. M. 2020. Additions to Philippine slender skinks of the Brachymeles bonitae complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) IV: Resurrection and redescription of Brachymeles burksi. Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology, DOI 10.26757/pjsb2020b14005 - get paper here
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