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Parvoscincus abstrusus LINKEM & BROWN, 2013

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymParvoscincus abstrusus LINKEM & BROWN 2013
Sphenomorphus decipiens — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 186 (part)
Parvoscincus decipiens sp. 3 — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon: Mt. Isarog, Mt. Malinao, Polillo Is.,Mt. Labo, Mt. Makiling)

Type locality: Philippines, Luzon Island, Laguna Province, Municipality of Los Baños, Mt. Makiling, 14.150° N, 121.231° E, elevation 783 m.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9783 (formerly KU 320071, A. C. Diesmos Field No. 4646); Male; Collected 11 January, 2009 by CWL.
Paratypes. Same locality as holotype: KU 320063, KU 320065–7 KU 326590–1, KU 330743, KU 331678–9 Females; KU 320068–70, KU 326588–9, KU 330744, KU 331676, KU 331680–1 Males. Polillo Island, Quezon Province: KU 304073 Female. Luzon Island, Camarines Norte Province, Municipality of Labo, Barangay Tulay Na Lupa, Mt. Labo: KU 313861, KU 313864 Females; KU 313859, KU 313868–9, PMNH 2087 Males. Luzon Island, Camarines Sur Province, Municipality of Naga City, Barangay Panicuason, Mt. Isarog: TNHC 62884–5 Females; TNHC 62883, TNHC 62886 Males. Luzon Island, Albay Province, Municipality of Tiwi, Barangay Banhaw, Mt. Malinao: TNHC 62887 Female; TNHC 62888 Male. Luzon Island, Albay Province, Municipality of Malinao, Barangay Tagoytoy, Mt. Malinao: TNHC 62896 Male; TNHC 62897–8 Females. 
CommentHabitat. Found under logs and in leaf litter in secondary growth forest. Males and females are found in abundance on Mt. Makiling outside of the Los Baños College campus. Breeding males and females have been collected in January. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is an adjectival formation of the Latin participle abstrusus, meaning hidden, or concealed. 
  • LINKEM, CHARLES W.; RAFE M. BROWN 2013. Systematic revision of the Parvoscincus decipiens (Boulenger, 1894) complex of Philippine forest skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Lygosominae) with descriptions of seven new species. Zootaxa 3700 (4): 501–533 - get paper here
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