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Brachymeles mapalanggaon DAVIS, FELLER, BROWN & SILER, 2014

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMasbate Slender Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles mapalanggaon DAVIS, FELLER, BROWN & SILER 2014 
DistributionPhilippines (Masbate)

Type locality: Masbate City, Masbate Province, Masbate Island, Philippines (12°21’1.08’’N, 123°37’41.628’’E; WGS-84).
Paratypes.—Two adult males (CAS 144223, 144239) and two adult females (CAS 144236, 144237) collected in Tugbo Water- shed, Municipality of Mobo, Masbate Province, Masbate Island, Philippines. One adult female (CAS 144270) collected in Pulangkahoy, Maputo, Municipality of Mobo, Masbate Province, Masbate Island, Philippines. One adult female (CAS 144340) collected in Uwak, Mapuyo, Municipality of Mobo, Masbate Province, Masbate Island, Philippines. One adult male (MCZ 152082) collected at Makuya barrio area, Municipality of Mobo, Masbate Province, Masbate Island, Philippines.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: PNM 9792 (formerly KU 323937; CDS Field No. 5101), adult female, collected on 3 September 2009, by C. D. Siler and J. Fernandez.
Paratopotypes.—One adult female (KU 323938) collected on 7 September 2009. 
CommentHabitat: under rotting logs in heavily disturbed habitat (1000–1230 h) 
EtymologyThe name of the new species is derived from the Masbatenyo (dialect of Masbate Island) term ‘Pagkamapalanggâon,’ meaning loving kindness. C. D. Siler is pleased to name this new species in honor of family members Larry Merchant, Brook Siler, Matt Siler, and Joel Katz for their support and contributions to our Philippine biodiversity research program. 
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
 
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