Parvoscincus duwendorum SILER, LINKEM, COBB, WATTERS, CUMMINGS, DIESMOS & BROWN, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Parvoscincus duwendorum?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Cordillera Aquatic Skink|
|Synonym||Parvoscincus duwendorum SILER, LINKEM, COBB, WATTERS, CUMMINGS, DIESMOS & BROWN 2014|
Parvoscincus leucospilos — LINKEM et al. 2011 (part)
Type locality: Mt. Pao, Barangay Adams, Municipality of Adams, Ilocos Norte Province, Luzon Island, Philippines (N: 18.438°, E: 120.878°; WGS-84; 750 m in elevation.
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9793 (RMB Field No. 14261, formerly KU 329929), subadult, collected on 18 June 2011, by RMB.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a plaural derivation of the Filipino folklore term “Duwende,” which is chosen here to celebrate the country’s rich tradition of mythological forest animals and spirits. Duwendes are believed to be little fairy-like forest creatures, such as goblins, pixies, and elves, and believed to live in trees, termite mounds, and burrows in hillsides. The may bring bad or good fortune to humans and are often considered to be mischievous in nature.|
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