Brachymeles libayani SILER, FUITEN, JONES, ALCALA & BROWN, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Brachymeles libayani?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Lapinig Islands’ Slender Skink|
|Synonym||Brachymeles libayani SILER, FUITEN, JONES, ALCALA & BROWN 2011|
|Distribution||Philippines (Lapinig Chico, Lapinig Grande, Tilmubo, and Tintiman islands, Polong Dako Island)|
Type locality: under rotting coconut husks in secondary-growth forest, in Barangay Villa Milagrosa, Municipality of President Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol Province, Lapinig Grande Island, Philippines (10°07’16’’N, 124°34’30’’E; WGS-84).
|Reproduction||viviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9749, formerly KU 320466|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Brachymeles libayani can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size small (SVL 52.7–66.1 mm), (2) limbs tridactyl, (3) limb length short, (4) supralabials six, (5) infralabials five, (6) supraciliaries six, (7) supraoculars five, (8) midbody scale rows 22–23, (9) axilla–groin scale rows 72–75, (10) paravertebral scale rows 90–92, (11) pineal eye spot present, (12) frontoparietals contact, (13) enlarged chin shields in three pairs, (14) nuchal scales differentiated, (15) fourth su- pralabial below eye midline, (16) auricular opening covered with scales, (17) presacral vertebrae 47, (18) fusion of mental and first infralabials, and (19) nonuniform body color (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER et al. 2011).|
|Comment||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||“We are pleased to name this new species in honor of Carlos Polestico Garcia. Born on Bohol Island, Carlos P. Garcia later became the eighth President of the Philippines. He was the first Philippine president to be laid to rest in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, or Cemetery of the Heroes, located within Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines. The municipality of Carlos P. Garcia, and type locality for Brachymeles libayani, was named after this Philippine hero. The word ‘‘libayani’’ is derived from the phrase Libingan ng mga Bayani.” [SILER et al. 2011].|