Parvoscincus boyingi (BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER, 2010)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Boying’s Zambales Mountain skink|
|Synonym||Sphenomorphus boyingi BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER 2010|
Parvoscincus boyingi — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011
Type locality: at 1460 m elevation on west face of Mt. High Peak (4.3 km N, 0.5 km E of peak; 15° 31’ N, 120° 07’ E), Barangay Coto, Municipality of Masinloc, Zambales Province, Luzon Island, Philippines
|Types||Holotype: PNM 2302 (male, sVL 62.7 mm), collect- ed by RMB, 16 March, 1992. Paratypes: PNM, CMNH|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis.—A species of Sphenomorphus, distin- guished by the following combination of characters: (1) body size moderate, sVL 46.1–66.7 mm; (2) prefrontals moderate, separate in 52% of specimens; (3) frontopari- etals fused in adults; (4) labials 6–7; (5) large supraocu- lars 4; (6) paravertebrals 88–96; (7) midventrals 47–50; (8) scales around midbody 37–42; (9) fourth toe lamellae 19–21; (10) mid-dorsal coloration medium brown, with or without a thin vertebral series of black elongate spots; (11) dorsolateral surfaces of head and neck black, ventro- lateral tan with brown labial bars; (12) a prominent in- verted obtusely-triangular marking present above fore- limb insertion; and (13) ventrum bright orange with pale yellow spots.|
|Comment||SVL: ca. 56 mm|
|Etymology||“The specific epithet is a patronym in the genitive singular honoring our good friend and frequent field companion Renato “Boying” Fernandez. We are pleased to name this distinctive species for Boying in recognition of his unique abilities as a field biologist and in thanks for the enthusiastic company he has provided us over the years.”|
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