Brachymeles lukbani SILER, BALETE, DIESMOS & BROWN, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Brachymeles lukbani?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Brachymeles lukbani SILER, BALETE, DIESMOS & BROWN 2010|
Type locality: Philippines, Mt. Labo, Barangay Tulay Na Lupa, Municipality of Labo, Camarines Norte Province, Luzon Island, 14.039367°N, 122.78655°E (WGS-84), 660 m elevation.
|Reproduction||viviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9567 (field no. RMB 9664, formerly KU 313599; Fig. 2), adult female, 1800 hr, 22 June 2008, C. D. Siler, R. M. Brown, J. Phenix, L. Welton, J. B. Fernandez, V. Yngente, and M. Yngente.|
Paratopotypes.—KU 313597–99, 313601, 313603–04, 313606, 313608, PNM 9589–92 (formerly KU 313605, 313600, 313602, and 313596, respectively), including eight adult females, one adult male, and three juveniles of unknown sex, 21 June–4 July 2008, 200–1000 m elevation; FMNH 270191, adult male, 21 April–11 May 2006, 1115 m elevation, same locality, Danny S. Balete.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Brachymeles lukbani can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: body form long, slender; limbless; midbody scale rows 21–23; paravertebral scale rows 100–106; infralabial scales six; supraciliary scales six; supraocular scales five; pineal eye spot; contact between frontoparietal scales; postmental scale width equal to mental scale width; contact between the first pair of chin shield scales; non-fusion of mental and first infralabial scales; enlarged, differentiated nuchal scales; continuous subocular scale row; third pair of enlarged chin shields; and uniform body coloration.|
|Comment||Habitat: semi-fossorial in rotten logs and in the loose soil and leaf litter.|
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.
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The new species is named in honor of Vicente R. Lukban (11 February 1860–16 November 1916), whose role in directing military operations for the Philippine army was instrumental in helping to win Philippine independence. He would later become a general in charge of the political and military operations in Samar and Leyte Island. General Lukban was born in the Municiapality of Labo, Camarines Norte Province, close to the type locality of the new species. Suggested common name: Lukban’s Loamswimming Skink.|
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