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Tytthoscincus kakikecil GRISMER, WOOD, QUAH, ANUAR, NGADI, MOHD-IZAM & AHMAD, 2017

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Fraser’s hill Forest skink
Malay: Mengkarung hutan Bukit Fraser 
SynonymTytthoscincus kakikecil GRISMER, WOOD, QUAH, ANUAR, NGADI, MOHD-IZAM & AHMAD 2017 
DistributionPeninsular Malaysia (Pahang)

Type locality: along Richmond Road, Frasers’s Hill, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (N 03°42.590′, E 101°44.236′; 1271 m in elevation  
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 11769, Adult male, collected by Evan S. H. Quah on 27 September 2013.
Paratypes: LSUHC 11770 and 11772 collected on the Telecom Loop Road, Fraser’s Hill, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (N 03°43.112′, E 101°45.158′; 1305 m in ele- vation) by Evan S. H. Quah and L. Lee Grismer on 27 September 2013. LSUHC 12754 collected at Ulu Kali, Genting Highlands, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (N 03°25.759′, E 101°47.328′; 1670 m in elevation) by Evan S. H. Quah and L. Lee Grismer on 22 June 2016. 
CommentHabitat: leaf-litter in hill dipterocarp and mossy forests from at least 1305–1670 m in elevation (Fig. 12). All specimens at Fraser’s Hill were collected by raking leaves that had accumulated on earthen banks along the road or by turning rocks and logs buried in leaf-litter. LSUHC 12754 from Genting Highlands was found abroad at night in a dirt parking lot next to a rubbish pile on the edge of a mossy forest that we presume to be its natural habitat (as opposed to the rubbish pile). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet kakikecil is derived from the Malay words kaki meaning leg or foot and kecil meaning small and refers to this species’ diminutive limbs. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; PERRY L. WOOD, JR., EVAN S.H. QUAH, SHAHRUL ANUAR, EHWAN B. NGADI, NUR AMALINA MOHD IZAM and NORHAYATI AHMAD 2017. Systematics, ecomorphology, cryptic speciation and biogeography of the lizard genus Tytthoscincus Linkem, Diesmos & Brown (Squamata: Scincidae) from the sky- island archipelago of Peninsular Malaysia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society XX: 1–37 - get paper here
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