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Brachymeles paeforum SILER, FUITEN, JONES, ALCALA & BROWN, 2011

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: PAEF Slender Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles paeforum SILER, FUITEN, JONES, ALCALA & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Leyte)

Type locality: under rotting logs in secondary-growth forest in the Sitio San Vicente Tree Nursery, Barangay Pilim, Baybay City, Leyte Province, Leyte Island, Philippines (10°43’35’’N, 124°49’05’’E; WGS-84)  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9746, formerly KU 311228 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Brachymeles paeforum can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size small (SVL 47.2–66.1 mm), (2) limbs tridactyl, (3) limb length short, (4) supralabials six, (5) infralabials five or six, (6) supraciliaries six, (7) supraoculars five, (8) midbody scale rows 21–22, (9) axilla–groin scale rows 71–74, (10) paravertebral scale rows 93–96, (11) pineal eye spot present, (12) prefrontals not contact- ing on midline, (13) frontoparietals contact, (14) enlarged chin shields in three pairs, (15) nuchals enlarged, (16) fourth supralabial below eye midline, (17) auricular opening absent, (18) presacral vertebrae 47, and (19) uniform body color (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER et al. 2011). 
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. 
Etymology“CDS is pleased to name this new species in honor of the Philippine-American Education Foundation (PAEF), in honor of their continued support and contributions to our Philippine biodiversity research program. As the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines, PAEF is responsible for leading the advancement of international exchange programs between the United States and the Philippines, with the mission of promoting mutual understanding between citizens of both countries.” [SILER et al. 2011] 
  • 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 48 (4): 480-494. - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Allison M. Fuiten, Robin M. Jones, Angel C. Alcala, and Rafe M. Brown 2011. Phylogeny-Based Species Delimitation in Philippine Slender Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) II: Taxonomic Revision of Brachymeles samarensis and Description of Five New Species. Herpetological Monographs 25 (1): 76-112 - get paper here
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