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Parvoscincus decipiens (BOULENGER, 1895)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesBlack-sided Sphenomorphus 
SynonymLygosoma decipiens BOULENGER 1895: 734
Lygosoma (Homolepida) moellendorffi BOETTGER 1897: 162
Sphenomorphus curtirostris TAYLOR 1915: 101
Sphenomorphus curtirostris — TAYLOR 1922: 170
Sphenomorphus decipiens — TAYLOR 1922: 176
Sphenomorphus moellendorffi — TAYLOR 1922: 179
Sphenomorphus decipiens — TAYLOR 1923
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) decipiens — SMITH 1937: 220
Otosaurus curtirostris — SMITH 1937: 218
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) curtirostris — BROWN & ALCALA 1970: 113
Sphenomorphus decipiens — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 186
Sphenomorphus decipiens — BROWN et al. 2000
Sphenomorphus decipiens — LINKEM et al. 2010
Parvoscincus decipiens — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon only, see comment); according to Linkem et al. (2013) “Sierra Madre Mountain Range of northeast Luzon in the Provinces of Isabela and Cagayan”

Type locality: Isabela Province, Luzon Island.  
TypesSyntypes. BMNH 1946.8.16.95–96
Holotype: SMF 15457 [moellendorffi] 
CommentSynonymy after BROWN & ALCALA 1980. Linkem & Brown 2013 have split up P. decipiens into 8 different species. Given the larger size of P. kitangladensis (SVL 50–60 mm) it is possible that P. kitangladensis is separate from P. curtirostris and that Mindanao specimens previously assigned to P. decipiens should be P. curtirostris and the name should be re-elevated from synonymy (Linkem et al. 2013). Linked photo below may be S. coxi.

Distribution: this species has been reported from other islands such as Mindanao, Tablas, Masbate, probably Leyte and Samar. However, they may be misidentifications.

SVL: ca. 38 mm

Habitat. This species is found in mid-montane forest in leaf litter and under logs. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet was presumably derived, in the nominative case, from the Latin decipio, meaning “deceiving.” 
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  • Boettger, O. 1897. Neue Reptilien und Batrachier von den Philippinen. Zool. Anz. 20: 161-166. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1895. Second report on additions to the lizard collection in the Natural History Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1894: 722-736 [published in April 1895 fide A. Bauer] - get paper here
  • 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
  • Brown, Walter C.; Alcala, Angel C. 1970. The zoogeography of the herpetofauna of the Philippine Islands, a fringing archipelago. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 38 (6): 105-130 - get paper here
  • Brown, WC. & A.C. ALCALA 1980. Philippine Lizards of the family Scincidae. Silliman Univ. Nat. Sci., Dumaguete City, Mon., Ser. 2: i-xi + 1-246.
  • Brown,R.M. & Ferner,J.W. & Sison,R.V. 1995. Rediscovery and redescription of Sphenomorphus beyeri Taylor (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae) from the Zambales Mountains of Luzon, Philippines. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 108 (1): 6-17 - get paper here
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  • Brown; Rafe; Cameron Siler, Carl Oliveros, Luke Welton, Ashley Rock, John Swab, Merlijn Van Weerd, Jonah van Beijnen, Dominic Rodriguez, Edmund Jose, Arvin Diesmos 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines, VIII: the herpetofauna of Cagayan and Isabela Provinces, northern Sierra Madre Mountain Range. ZooKeys 266 (2013) Special Issue: 1-120<br />doi: 10.3897/zookeys.266.3982 - get paper here
  • 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, C.W.; Diesmos, A.C.; Brown, R.M. 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF SCINCID LIZARD (GENUS SPHENOMORPHUS) FROM PALAWAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES. Herpetologica 66 (1): 67–79 - get paper here
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  • MCLEOD, David S.; Cameron D. SILER, Arvin C. DIESMOS, Mae L. DIESMOS, Vhon S. GARCIA, Angela O. ARKONCEO, Kelvin L. BALAQUIT, Charlene C. UY, Mariden M. VILLASERAN, Earle C. YARRA, Rafe M. BROWN 2011. Amphibians and Reptiles of Luzon Island, V: The Herpetofauna of Angat Dam Watershed, Bulacan Province, Luzon Island, Philippines. Asian Herpetological Research 2 (4): 177–198 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D. and Rafe M. Brown 2010. Phylogeny-based Species Delimitation in Philippine Slender Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Brachymeles): Taxonomic Revision of Pentadactyl Species Groups and Description of Three New Species. Herpetological Monographs 24 (1): 1-54 - get paper here
  • Smith,M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
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