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Parvoscincus boyingi (BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER, 2010)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Boying’s Zambales Mountain skink 
SynonymSphenomorphus boyingi BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER 2010
Parvoscincus boyingi — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon)

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  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: PNM 2302 (male, sVL 62.7 mm), collect- ed by RMB, 16 March, 1992. Paratypes: PNM, CMNH 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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. 
CommentSVL: 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.” 
  • 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
  • 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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