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Parvoscincus aurorus LINKEM & BROWN, 2013

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymParvoscincus aurorus LINKEM & BROWN 2013
Sphenomorphus decipiens — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 186 (part) 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon, Aurora Province: at 540 m elevation at Barangay Lipimiental and at 915 m elevation on Mt. Dayap)

Type locality: Aurora Province, Municipality Maria Aurora, Barangay Villa Aurora, Mt. Dayap, coordinates 15.660° N, 121.327° E, elevation 915 m.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9786 (formerly KU 323324, A. C. Diesmos Field No. 4859): Female, Collected by A. C. Diesmos.
Paratypes. Same locality as holotype: KU 323323 Male; KU 323309, KU 323320–22 Females. 
CommentHabitat. This species is found at mid- to high elevation in Aurora Province, central Sierra Madre Mountain Range. The species was found in leaf litter and under logs in the forested regions. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is derived from the Latin formation of the noun Aurora in nominative (subject) case, in reference to Aurora Province (where all known localities of the new species are found) and Maria Aurora Memorial National Park which protects much of the habitat of this distinctive species. 
  • Gojo-Cruz, Paul Henric P. and Leticia E. Afuang 2018. The Zoogeographic Significance of Caraballo Mountain Range, Luzon Island, Philippines With Focus on the Biogeography of Luzon’s Herpetofauna Philippine Journal of Science 147 (3): 393-409 - get paper here
  • 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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