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Insulasaurus victoria (BROWN & ALCALA, 1980)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus victoria BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 175
Sphenomorphus victoria — BROWN 1995
Sphenomorphus victoria — LINKEM et al. 2010
Insulasaurus victoria — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Palawan Island)

Type locality: Thumb Peak, Palawan Island, Philippines.  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MCZ 44162 (collected by Edward H. Taylor in 1923 but never formally described by him). 
Diagnosis 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after the Victoria Range of mountains, the central range in which Thumb Peak is located. 
References
  • 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
  • Brown, W.C. 1995. A new lizard of the genus Sphenomorphus (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Mt. Kitanglad, Mindanao Island, Philippine Island. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 108 (3): 388-391. - 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.
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
 
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