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Parvoscincus agtorum LINKEM & BROWN, 2013

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymParvoscincus agtorum LINKEM & BROWN 2013
Sphenomorphus decipiens — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 186 (part) 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon: Aurora)

Type locality: Philippines, Luzon Island, Aurora Province, Municipality of San Luis, Barangay Lipimental, 15.65366° N, 121.50734° E, 540 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9782 (formerly KU 323310: RMB Field No. 10732); Female, collected 23 June, 2009 by C. D. Siler. 
CommentHabitat. Found in leaf litter in secondary growth forest away from water. The one female specimen collected has two oviductal eggs. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet honors the Agta tribal group of Eastern Luzon that live in the Aurora region where this new species is found. These people are diminutive in stature, have an established cultural history of interaction with reptiles, including predation on humans by reticulated pythons (Broghammerus reticulatus; Headland & Greene 2011). The Agta people play a prominent role in helping to conserve the forests of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and are increasingly threatened by mining and logging industries, which destructively extract resources from their ancestral tribal domains (van der Ploeg et al. 2011; Minter et al. 2012). 
  • 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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