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

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCamiguin Sur Slender Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles vulcani SILER, JONES, DIESMOS, DIESMOS & BROWN 2012 
DistributionPhilippines (Camiguin Sur Island)

Type locality: under rotting logs in secondary-growth forest (10:00 hr to 12:30 hr), in Sitio Pamahawan, Barangay Pandan, Municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin Sur Province, Camiguin Sur Island, Philippines (09°15’00’’N, 124°42’57.6’’E; WGS-84),  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: PNM 9766 (RMB Field no. 8223, formerly KU 310359), adult male, collected by J. Fernandez on 19 June 2007.
Paratypes.—Four adult females (CAS-SU 26142, 26144, 26231, 26236) and two juveniles of undetermined sex (CAS-SU 26145–46), collected on 30 June 1966, in Dago-okan, 2 km south of Catibawasan Falls, Municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin Sur Province, Cami- guin Sur Island, Philippines (09u11924.90N, 124u43936.010E; WGS-84), by L. C. Alcala; one juvenile of undetermined sex (CAS-SU 26294) collected on 3 July 1966, in Sitio Basiao, Barrio Naasag, Municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin Sur Province, Camiguin Sur Island, Philippines (09u1399.950N, 124u399180E; WGS-84), by L. C. Alcala; one juvenile of undetermined sex (CAS-SU 26295) collected on 3 July 1966, on the northwest side of Nasawa crater, Municipal- ity of Mambajao, Camiguin Sur Province, Cami- guin Sur Island, Philippines (09u11914.170N, 124u41945.60E; WGS-84), by L. C. Alcala; two adult females (CAS-SU 26166, 26185), one juvenile female (CAS-SU 26165), one juvenile male (CAS-SU 16184), collected on 4 July 1966, in Barrio Naasag, Municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin Sur Province, Camiguin Sur Island, Philippines (09u1399.950N, 124u399180E; WGS- 84), by L. C. Alcala; three adult females (CAS-SU 28199, 28331, 28358), one juvenile female (CAS- SU 28359), and two juveniles of undetermined sex (CAS-SU 28314, 28329) collected between 15 and 27 May 1967, 4.5–8.0 km NE of Catarman Town, Municipality of Catarman, Camiguin Sur Province, Camiguin Sur Island, Philippines (09u07932.020N, 124u40932.020E; WGS-84), by L. C. Alcala; one adult female (CAS 139031) collected on 1 March 1973, in Kantinbay, Municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin Sur Prov- ince, Camiguin Sur Island, Philippines (09u11950.10N, 124u439120E; WGS-84), by L. C. Alcala. 
CommentSympatry on Camiguin Sur Island: Eutropis multifasciata, Lamprolepis smaragdina, Pinoyscincus abdictus abdictus, P. coxi, Sphenomorphus fasciatus, S. variegatus, Tropidophorus misaminus. 
EtymologyThe island of Camiguin Sur is volcanic in origin, with five major volcanic structures: Mt. Hibok–Hibok, Mt. Vulcan, Mt. Mambajao, M. Guinsiliban, and Mt. Uhay. Since its formation, the island has experienced regular volcanic activity, with several major eruptions resulting in the death of thousands of the island’s inhabitants and the complete destruction of several coastal towns. The specific epithet is a patronym, derived from the Latin word ‘‘Vulcan,’’ the ancient Roman god of fire and chosen in recognition of the island’s volatile geologic history. 
References
  • Sanguila MB, Cobb KA, Siler CD, Diesmos AC, Alcala AC, Brown RM 2016. The amphibians and reptiles of Mindanao Island, southern Philippines, II: the herpetofauna of northeast Mindanao and adjacent islands. ZooKeys 624: 1–132, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.624.9814 - get paper here
  • 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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