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Brachymeles suluensis TAYLOR, 1918

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesGraceful Short-legged Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles suluensis TAYLOR 1918: 254
Brachymeles gracilis — TAYLOR 1922: 247
Brachymeles gracilis gracilis — BROWN 1956: 10
Brachymeles gracilis — BROWN & ALCALA 1970: 112
Brachymeles suluensis — SILER et al. 2012: 153 
DistributionPhilippines (Basilan and Bubuan islands)

Type locality: Bubuan Island, Tapiantana Group, Sulu Province.  
TypesHolotype: Dresden; probably not extant (BROWN & RABOR 1967)
Holotype: CAS-SUR 24407 (hilong) 
CommentSynonymy: after SILER et al. 2012.

Pentadactyl species.

Distribution: see map in SILER et al. 2012.

Sympatry: On Basilan Island, B. suluensis is found in sympatry with B. schadenbergi. Other sympatric scincid species observed on Basilan Island include Emoia atrocostata, Eutropis multicarinata, E. rudis, E. multi- fasciata, Lamprolepis smaragdina, Lipinia quadrivittata, Pinoyscincus jagori, Spheno- morphus fasciatus, S. variegatus, Tropido- phorus misaminus, Tytthoscincus atrigularis.

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. 
  • Alcala, Angel C.;Reyes, Alfredo Y. 1957. Notes on the habitat of the scincoid lizard, Brachymeles gracilis taylori Brown. Copeia 1957 (2): 144 - get paper here
  • 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, Walter C. 1956. A revision of the genus Brachymeles (Scincidae), with descriptions of new species and subspecies. Breviora (54): 1-19 - 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.
  • Fischer, J. G. 1885. Ichthyologische und herpetologische Bemerkungen. V. Herpetologische Bemerkungen. Jahrb. Hamburg. Wiss. Anst. 2: 82-121 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Arvin C. Diesmos, Rafe M. Brown 2010. New Loam-Swimming Skink, Genus Brachymeles (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Luzon and Catanduanes Islands, Philippines. Journal of Herpetology 44 (1): 49–60 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Arvin C. Diesmos, Angel C. Alcala and Rafe M. Brown 2011. Phylogeny of Philippine slender skinks (Scincidae: Brachymeles) reveals underestimated species diversity, complex biogeographical relationships, and cryptic patterns of lineage diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (1): 53-65 - 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
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