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

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesIgorot Cordillera Mountains skink 
SynonymSphenomorphus igorotorum BROWN, LINKEM, DIESMOS, BALETE, DUYA & FERNER 2010
Parvoscincus igorotorum — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon)

Type locality: at 1400 m elevation in area known locally as “Mapga,” (N: 17.442°; E: 121.075), Balbalan-Balbalasang National Park, Barangay Balbalasang, Municipality of Balbalan, Kalinga Province, Luzon Island, Philippines.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9623 (formerly FMnH 259445; Field number: RMB 3169), collected by RMB, 14 March 2001. 
CommentSVL: ca. 55 mm 
Etymology“We are pleased to name this distinctive new northern Cordillera endemic skink for the dominant indigenous peoples group of the area: the Igorot (includ- ing the enthno-linguistic groups of the Bontoc, Ibaloi, Ifugao, Isneg, Kalinga, and the Kankana-ey). Igorots are distinguished by a tradition of fierce self-determination, warrior-like dispositions, a tradition of head hunting, and a history of armed resistance against invading forces seeking to control or exploit their forested homelands. never conquered by colonialists, Igorots fought spanish hegemony for 325 years and have subsequently resisted, Japanese, American, and Philippine government subju- gation for the last 110 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
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