Parvoscincus hadros (BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER, 2010)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Parvoscincus hadros?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Aurora Mountain skink|
|Synonym||Sphenomorphus hadros BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER 2010|
Parvoscincus hadros — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011
Type locality: at 1540 m elevation on Mt. Mingan (N: 15.468°; E: 121.395°), Municipality of Dingalan, Aurora Province, Luzon Island, Philippines.
|Types||Holotype: PnM 9618 (Field number MVd 157, male, sVL 86.7 mm), collected by Liza V. Duya, 3 June 2006.|
|Comment||Diagnosis.—Large species of Sphenomorphus, distin- guished by the following combination of characters: (1) body size large, sVL 73.5–86.7 mm; (2) prefrontals moder- ate, separate; (3) frontoparietals fused; (4) labials 7–8; (5) large supraoculars 4; (6) paravertebrals 108–111; (7) mid- ventrals 54–57; (8) scales around midbody 45–47; (9) fourth toe lamellae 18–22; (10) mid-dorsum dark brown with scat- tered tan spots and vertebral series of thick, black spots; (11) ventrolateral surfaces of neck and head black with gray and tan blotches and white spots on labials; (12) a prominent inverted acutely triangular black marking pres- ent above forelimb insertion; and (13) ventrum pale yellow.|
SVL: ca. 80 mm
|Etymology||The specific epithet is derived from the Greek hadros, meaning well-developed, bulky, strong, in reference to the new species’ large body size and the fact that it exceeds all other members of Group I Sphenomorphus in both mensural and meristic characters.|
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