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Brachymeles tungaoi SILER & BROWN, 2010

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Tungao’s slender skink 
SynonymBrachymeles tungaoi SILER & BROWN 2010 
DistributionPhilippines (Masbate)

Type locality: 61-m elevation in Municipality of Masbate City, Masbate Province, Masbate Island, Philippines (12° 21’ 01’’ N, 123° 37’ 42’’ E; WGS-84.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9722 (CDS Field No. 5125, formerly KU 323933), adult male, collected in rotting stump in disturbed, residential habitat (1000 to 1230 h) 4 September 2009, by CDS and J. Fernandez 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Brachymeles tungaoi can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size moderate (SVL 78.2–106.2 mm); (2) relative tail length long; (3) pentadactyl; (3) Finger-III lamellae five or six; (4) Toe-IV lamellae nine or 10; (5) limb length moderate; (6) paraver- tebral scale rows 66–68; (7) supralabials seven; (8) infralabials six; (9) pineal eye spot present, large; (10) supranasals in contact; (11) pre- frontals not contacting on midline; (12) contact between first pair of chin shields; (13) enlarged chin shields in two pairs; (14) nuchal scales undifferentiated; (15) fifth and sixth supralabial below eye; (16) auricular opening present; (17) continuous, light dorso- lateral stripes present, indistinct; (18) contin- uous, dark middorsal stripes present; (19) dark lateral stripes present; and (20) dark ventral pigmentation absent (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER & BROWN 2010). 
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“We take pleasure in naming the new species after our friend and dedicated field collaborator Jason B. ‘‘Tungao’’ Fernandez, with thanks for years of hard work toward the research of semifossorial lizards.” 
  • 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
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