Brachymeles muntingkamay SILER, RICO, DUYA & BROWN, 2009
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Caraballo Mountains loam-swimming skink|
|Synonym||Brachymeles muntingkamay SILER, RICO, DUYA & BROWN 2009|
Brachymeles muntingkamay — SILER et al. 2011
|Distribution||Philippine Island (C Luzon), elevation 1400–1450 m.|
Type locality: at 1424 m elevation on Mt. Palali (16° 26’ 21.9’’ N, 121° 13’ 24.1’’ E; WGS-84) Barangay Maddiangat, Municipality of Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya Province, Luzon Island, Philippines
|Reproduction||viviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9566, adult female; field no. ELR 1388, formerly KU 308923), collected at 10:00 hr on 23 March 2007 by Edmond L. Rico.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Brachymeles muntingkamay can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) presence of limbs, (2) three digits on forelimbs and hindlimbs, (3) small body size, SVL less than 85 mm, (4) pineal eye spot absent, (5) auricular openings absent, (6) prefrontals in contact, (7) frontoparietals not in contact, (8) postnasals absent, (9) postmental wider than mental, (10) first pair of chin shields not in contact, (11) scale spots covering body, (12) midbody scale rows 22–24, (13) paravertebral scale rows 85– 90, (14) six supralabials, and (15) six infralabials.|
|Comment||Limb morphology: Species with reduced limbs.|
Sympatric skinks: Eutropis multicarinata borealis, Lamprolepis smaragdina, Sphenomorphus jagori, and S. beyeri.
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||The name of the new species is derived from the Tagalog (Filipino) terms ‘‘munti,’’ meaning small, and ‘‘kamay,’’ meaning hand, to represent the species’ small, reduced limbs, and reduced number of digits.|
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