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Brachymeles samad SILER, JONES, DIESMOS, DIESMOS & BROWN, 2012

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesEastern Visayas Slender Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles samad SILER, JONES, DIESMOS, DIESMOS & BROWN 2012 
DistributionPhilippines (Samar, Leyte)

Type locality: under rotting coconut husks in secondary-growth forest (10:00 hr to 12:30 hr), in Taft Forest, Barangay San Rafael, Municipality of Taft, Eastern Samar Province, Samar Island, Philippines (11°48’9.18’’N, 125°17’33.936’’E; WGS-84).  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9767 (CDS Field no. 2772, formerly KU 310828), adult male, collected by CDS and J. Fernandez on 18 October 2007.
Paratopotypes.—Five adult males (KU 310826, 310830–31, 310834, 310941), 14 adult females (KU 310731, 310820–21, 310827, 310- 829, 310835, 310928–31, 310933–34, 310937, 310939), one juvenile male (KU 310838) and 11 juveniles of undetermined sex (KU 310730, 310822–25, 310832–33, 310836–37, 310932, 310935) collected between 11 and 26 October 2007.
Paratypes.—Three adult males (KU 311216, 311218, PNM 9768), four adult females (KU 311223, PNM 9769, 9773–74), and six juveniles of undetermined sex (KU 311220–21, PNM 9770–72, 9775) collected under rotting logs in secondary-growth forest (1000 hr to 1230 hr) between 29 October and 7 November 2007, in the Sitio San Vicente Tree Nursery, Barangay Pilim, Baybay City, Leyte Province, Leyte Island, Philippines (10u439350N, 124u499050E; WGS-84), by CDS and J. Fernandez. 
CommentAbundance: quite common.

Sympatry: Three species of Brachymeles occur on Samar Island (B. orientalis, B. samad, and B. samarensis; Siler and Brown, 2010; Siler et al., 2011b). Other sympatric sincid species observed on Samar and Leyte islands include Emoia atrocos- tata, Eutropis multicarinata, E. multifasciata, Lamprolepis smaragdina, Lipinia pulchella, L. quadrivittata, Otosaurus cumingi, Parvoscincus steerei, Pinoyscincus jagori, P. cf. mindanensis, Sphenomorphus acutus, S. fasciatus, S. variegatus, Tropidophorus misaminus (Siler et al. 2012). 
EtymologyEtymology.—Prior to the Spanish coloniza- tion of the Philippines, numerous names (Samal, Ibabao, Tandaya) had been colloqui- ally given to Samar Island. The name Samar was originally derived from the local dialect ‘‘samad,’’ meaning wound or cut, which described the geographically complex features of the island, and the rough terrain dissected by streams. The specific epithet is a noun in apposition, derived from the ancient name for Samar Island. 
  • 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
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