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Parvoscincus tagapayo (BROWN, MCGUIRE, FERNER & ALCALA, 1999)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAurora mountain skink 
SynonymSphenomorphus tagapayo BROWN et al. 1999
Parvoscincus tagapayo — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (SE Luzon, Aurora Province)

Type locality: at 1050 m elevation on the south-facing slope of Mt. Ma-aling-aling, (15°39’6”N, 121°21’7”E), Kabatangan River drainage, Aurora National Park, 1.2 km south, 1.2 km east of Barangay Villa Aurora, Municipalityof San Luis, Aurora Province, Luzon Island, Republic of the Philippines.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: PNM 5767 
CommentSVL: ca. 28 mm 
EtymologyNamed after the tagalog “tagapayo”, meaning a wise and trusted friend, advisor, or mentor, and referring to Walter C. Brown. 
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,R.M.; McGuire, J.A.; Ferner,J.W.; Icarangal Jr., N. & Kennedy, R.S. 2000. Amphibians and reptiles of Luzon island, II: preliminary report on the herptofauna of Aurora Memorial national Park, Philippines. Hamadryad 25 (2): 175-195 - get paper here
  • Brown; Rafe; Cameron Siler, Carl Oliveros, Luke Welton, Ashley Rock, John Swab, Merlijn Van Weerd, Jonah van Beijnen, Dominic Rodriguez, Edmund Jose, Arvin Diesmos 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines, VIII: the herpetofauna of Cagayan and Isabela Provinces, northern Sierra Madre Mou ntain Range. ZooKeys 266 (2013) Special Issue: 1-120<br />doi: 10.3897/zookeys.266.3982 - 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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