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Brachymeles mindorensis BROWN & RABOR, 1967

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mindoro Short-legged Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles gracilis mindorensis BROWN & RABOR 1967: 541
Brachymeles boulengeri mindorensis BROWN & ALCALA 1980
Brachymeles boulengeri mindorensis — SILER et al. 2009
Brachymeles mindorensis — SILER et al. 2010 
DistributionPhilippines (Mindoro)

Type locality: 30 km SE of Municipality of Calapan: Bank of Tarogin River, 0–33-m elevation, 13° 11’ 25.44’’ N, 121° 8’ 52.8’’ E.  
Reproductionviviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: CAS-SUR 24487. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Brachymeles mindorensis can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size moderate (SVL 90.0–104.2 mm); (2) pentadactyl; (3) Finger-III lamellae five or six; (4) Toe-IV lamellae eight or nine; (5) moderate limb length; (6) supralabials seven; (7) infralabials six; (8) pineal eye spot present; (9) enlarged chin shields in two pairs; (10) nuchal scales undifferentiated; (11) fifth and sixth supralabial below eye; (12) auricular opening present; (13) continuous, light, dorso- lateral stripes present; and (14) continuous, dark middorsal stripes present (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER & BROWN 2010). 
CommentHabitat: 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. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Brown WC & RABOR DS 1967. Review of the genus Brachymeles (Sauria), with descriptions of new species and subspecies. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 34: 525-548 - get paper here
  • Brown, WC. & A.C. ALCALA 1980. Philippine Lizards of the family Scincidae. Silliman Univ. Nat. Sci., Dumaguete City, Mon., Ser. 2: i-xi + 1-246.
  • Siler, Cameron D. and Rafe M. Brown 2010. Phylogeny-based Species Delimitation in Philippine Slender Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Brachymeles): Taxonomic Revision of Pentadactyl Species Groups and Description of Three New Species. Herpetological Monographs 24 (1): 1-54 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Edmond L. Rico, Mariano R. Duya, and Rafe M. Brown 2009. A NEW LIMB-REDUCED, LOAM-SWIMMING SKINK (SQUAMATA: SCINCIDAE: BRACHYMELES) FROM CENTRAL LUZON ISLAND, PHILIPPINES. Herpetologica 65 (4): 449 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Robin M. Jones, Arvin C. Diesmos, Mae L. Diesmos, and Rafe M. Brown 2012. Phylogeny-Based Species Delimitation In Philippine Slender Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) III: Taxonomic Revision of the Brachymeles Gracilis Complex, With Descriptions of Three New Species. Herpetological Monographs 26 (1): 135-172. - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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