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Insulasaurus traanorum (LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN, 2010)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus traanorum LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2010
Insulasaurus traanorum — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Palawan)

Type locality: Philippines, Palawan Island, Palawan Province, Municipality of Rizal, 2.5 km W and 0.7 km S Mt. Mantalingahan peak, 1550 m (8.8126° N, 117.6587° E).  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9640 (formerly KU 311442: DSB 4816): Female, collected 24 June 2007 by D. S. Balete.
Paratypes.—KU 311423 (ELR1553), PNM 9641 (KU 311424, ELR 1569): Philippines, Palawan Island, Palawan Province, Municipality of Rizal, Mt. Paray-Paray, 1593 m (8.8113889° N, 117.670000° E). Collected 3 July 2007, Male. KU 311440 (DSB 4769), KU 311443 (DSB 4848), KU 311441 (DSB 4772): Philippines, Palawan Island, Palawan Province, Municipality of Rizal, Mt. Mantalingahan ‘‘peak 2,’’ 2068 m (8.8125° N, 117.6608° E), KU 311424 and KU 311440: male; KU 311423, KU 311443, and KU 311441: female. Specimens collected by U. D. Carestia, H. J. D. Garcia, and D. S. Balete. KU 311423 has been cleared and double-stained. 
CommentSVL: ca. 51 mm 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is derived from the term Traan, meaning ‘‘people in scattered places,’’ which is used by Palawanon tribes in reference to their ancestral tradition of living in small houses in the uplands of Palawan Island, separated by forest and shifting agricultural plots. This tradition is the predominant practice of tribal groups living at the type locality of the new species. 
  • Brown, R.M. et al. 2010. Species boundaries in Philippine montane forest skinks (Genus Sphenomorphus): three new species from the mountains of Luzon and clarification of the status of the poorly known S. beyeri, S. knollmanae, and S. laterimaculatus. Scient. Pap. Nat. Hist. Mus. Univ. Kansas (42): 1-27
  • Linkem, C.W.; Diesmos, A.C.; Brown, R.M. 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF SCINCID LIZARD (GENUS SPHENOMORPHUS) FROM PALAWAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES. Herpetologica 66 (1): 67–79 - get paper here
  • Linkem, Charles W.; Arvin C. Diesmos, Rafe M. Brown 2011. Molecular systematics of the Philippine forest skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Sphenomorphus): testing morphological hypotheses of interspecific relationships. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163: 1217–1243
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