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

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesAurora Mountain skink 
SynonymSphenomorphus hadros BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER 2010
Parvoscincus hadros — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon)

Type locality: at 1540 m elevation on Mt. Mingan (N: 15.468°; E: 121.395°), Municipality of Dingalan, Aurora Province, Luzon Island, Philippines.  
TypesHolotype: PnM 9618 (Field number MVd 157, male, sVL 86.7 mm), collected by Liza V. Duya, 3 June 2006. 
CommentSVL: ca. 80 mm 
EtymologyThe 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. 
  • 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
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