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Brachymeles boholensis BROWN & RABOR, 1967

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bohol Short-legged Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles gracilis boholensis BROWN & RABOR 1967: 540
Brachymeles gracilis — BROWN & ALCALA 1970 (part)
Brachymeles boulengeri boholensis BROWN & ALCALA 1980
Brachymeles boulengeri boholensis — SILER et al. 2009
Brachymeles boholensis — SILER et al. 2010
Brachymeles boholensis — SILER et al. 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Bohol Island)

Type locality: 6 km S of Municipality of Sierra Bullones: Teachers Park, 400–433-m elevation, 9° 47’ 32.53’’ N, 124° 18’ 14.4’’ E.  
TypesHolotype: CAS-SUR 24528 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Brachymeles boholensis can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size moderate (SVL 83.8–93.6 mm); (2) limbs pentadactyl; (3) Finger-III lamellae six; (4) Toe-IV lamellae nine or 10; (5) limb length moderate; (6) supralabials seven; (7) infra- labials seven; (8) pineal eye spot present; (9) supranasals not contacting on midline; (10) prefrontals not contacting on midline; (11) enlarged chin shields in three pairs; (12) nuchal scales undifferentiated; (13) fifth and sixth supralabial below eye; (14) auricular opening present; (15) continuous, light, dorsolateral stripes present; and (16) continuous, dark middorsal stripes present (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER & BROWN 2010).

For further comparison see SILER & BROWN 2010. 

Habitat: semifossorial and typically found in dry, rotting material inside or underneath decaying logs or in loose soil, forest floor detritus, and leaf litter of lowland forest. 
  • Brown WC & RABOR DS 1967. Review of the genus Brachymeles (Sauria), with descriptions of new species and subspecies. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 34: 525-548 - 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.
  • Siler, Cameron D. and Rafe M. Brown 2010. Phylogeny-based Species Delimitation in Philippine Slender Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Brachymeles): Taxonomic Revision of Pentadactyl Species Groups and Description of Three New Species. Herpetological Monographs 24 (1): 1-54 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Arvin C. Diesmos, Angel C. Alcala and Rafe M. Brown 2011. Phylogeny of Philippine slender skinks (Scincidae: Brachymeles) reveals underestimated species diversity, complex biogeographical relationships, and cryptic patterns of lineage diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (1): 53-65 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Edmond L. Rico, Mariano R. Duya, and Rafe M. Brown 2009. A NEW LIMB-REDUCED, LOAM-SWIMMING SKINK (SQUAMATA: SCINCIDAE: BRACHYMELES) FROM CENTRAL LUZON ISLAND, PHILIPPINES. Herpetologica 65 (4): 449 - get paper here
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