Brachymeles kadwa SILER & BROWN, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Brachymeles kadwa?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Jessi’s slender skink|
|Synonym||Brachymeles kadwa SILER & BROWN 2010|
|Distribution||Philippines (Luzon Island, Calayan and Camiguin Norte Islands of the Babuyan Island group)|
Type locality: campus of Aurora State College of Technology, Barangay Zabali, Municipality of Baler, Aurora Province, Luzon Island, Philippines (15° 44’ 31’’ N, 121° 34’ 34’’ E; WGS- 84.
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9721 (RMB Field No. 12466, formerly KU 323091), adult male, collected under rotting logs in secondary-growth forest (1000 to 1230 h) on 4 June 2009, by CDS, RMB, J. Fernandez, L. Welton, J. Brown, J. Siler, Y. Vicente, and M. Vicente.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis.—Brachymeles kadwa can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size large (SVL 90.6–128.2 mm); (2) pentadactyl; (3) Finger-III lamellae five or six; (4) Toe-IV lamellae 7–10; (5) limbs relatively long; (6) paravertebrals 68–70; (7) supralabials seven; (8) infralabials six; (9) pineal eye spot present, small; (10) supranasals in contact; (11) pre- frontals not contacting on midline; (12) enlarged chin shields in two pairs; (13) nuchal scales undifferentiated; (14) fifth and sixth supralabial below eye; (15) auricular opening present; (16) continuous, light dorsolateral stripes present, indistinct; (17) continuous, dark middorsal stripes present; (18) dark lateral stripes present; and (19) dark ventral pigmentation present (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER & BROWN 2010).|
For further comparison see SILER & BROWN 2010.
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 lowland forest.
|Etymology||“CDS is pleased to name this new species for his loving wife Jessi M. Siler for her endless support that has made all of this research possible. The name of the new species is derived from one of the local dialects spoken in the Philippines. The word ‘‘kadwa’’ is the Ilonggo term for friend and companion.”|