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Brachymeles talinis BROWN, 1956

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Duméril's Short-legged Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles schadenbergi talinis BROWN 1956
Brachymeles talinis — BROWN & RABOR 1967: 543
Brachymeles talinis — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 53
Brachymeles talinis — GAULKE 2001: 9
Brachymeles talinis — SILER et al. 2009
Brachymeles talinis — SILER et al. 2010 
DistributionPhilippines (Negros, Panay, Romblon, Sibuyan, and Tablas islands, Inampulagan Island, probably Guimaras)

Type locality: ‘‘On the low ridge north side of the Maite River, 5 to 6 km west of Valencia,’’ Negros Oriental Prov- ince, Negros Island, Philippines, 933 m elevation, 9° 17’ 19.25’’ N, 123° 11’ 56.4’’ E.  
TypesHolotype: CAS-SUR 18358 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Brachymeles talinis can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size large (SVL 103.8–123.1 mm); (2) pentadactyl; (3) Finger-III lamellae five or six; (4) Toe-IV lamellae 8–10; (5) limbs relatively long; (6) paravertebral scale rows 67–72; (7) supralabials seven; (8) infralabials seven; (9) pineal eye spot present; (10) supranasals in contact; (11) prefrontals not contacting on midline; (12) enlarged chin shields in two pairs; (13) nuchal scales undifferentiated; (14) fifth and sixth supralabial below eye; (15) auricular opening present; (16) dark lateral stripes present; and (17) venter devoid of dark pigmentation (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER & BROWN 2010).
CommentPentadactyl species.

For further comparison see SILER & BROWN 2010.

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. 
  • Andrade, Julia B.; Ryshonda P. Lewis and Phil Senter 2016. Appendicular skeletons of five Asian skink species of the genera Brachymeles and Ophiomorus, including species with vestigial appendicular structures. Amphibia-Reptilia, DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00003062 - 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.
  • Ferner, John W., Rafe M. Brown, Rogelio V. Sison and Robert S. Kennedy 2000. The amphibians and reptiles of Panay Island, Philippines. Asiatic Herpetological Research 9: 1-37 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2001. Die Herpetofauna von Sibaliw (Panay), einem der letzten Tieflandregenwaldgebiete der West-Visayas, Philippinen. Teil III. Echsen und Diskussion. Herpetofauna 23 (132): 5-18 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2011. The herpetofauna of Panay Island, Philippines. Edition Chimaira, 390 pp.
  • Klemmer K. & GAULKE M. 1993. Zur Kenntnis von Brachymeles und Tropidophorus (Sauria: Scincidae). Salamandra 29 (1): 55-64 - get paper here
  • Meneses CG, Siler CD, Alviola PA, Gonzalez JCT, Balatibat JB, Natividad CA, Brown RM 2022. Amphibian and reptile diversity along a ridge-to-reef elevational gradient on a small isolated oceanic island of the central Philippines. Check List 18(5): 941-948 - get paper here
  • 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.; 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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