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Parvoscincus palawanensis (BROWN & ALCALA, 1961)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Sphenomorphus) palawanensis BROWN & ALCALA 1961
Sphenomorphus palawanensis — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 164
Parvoscincus palawanensis FERNER, BROWN & GREER 1997
Parvoscincus palawanensis — BROWN et al. 1999
Parvoscincus palawanensis — LINKEM et al. 2010
Parvoscincus palawanensis — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Palawan: Victoria range)

Type locality: Central Peak area, Palawan Islands, Philippines.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: CAS-SU 23122 
CommentParvoscincus palawanensis is similar to Sphenomorphus and may be closely related to the genus, but is very different from the other species on the island due to its reduced size, lack of prefrontals, and scaled-over ear (Ferner et al. 1997). 
References
  • 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, Rafe M., Jimmy A. McGuire, John W. Ferner and Angel C. Alcala 1999. New species of diminutive scincid lizard (Squamata: Lygosominae: Sphenomorphus) from Luzon Island, Republic of the Philippines. Copeia 1999 (2): 362-370 - 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,W.C. & Alcala,A.C. 1961. A new sphenomorpid lizard from Palawan Island, Philippines. Occ. Pap. Cal. Acad. Sci. (32): 1-4 - get paper here
  • Ferner,J.W., Brown,R.M. & Greer,A.E. 1997. A new genus and species of moist closed canopy forest skinks from the Philippines. Journal of Herpetology 31 (2): 187-192 - get paper here
  • 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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