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Brachymeles mindorensis BROWN & RABOR, 1967

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mindoro Short-legged Skink 
SynonymBrachymeles gracilis mindorensis BROWN & RABOR 1967: 541
Brachymeles boulengeri mindorensis BROWN & ALCALA 1980
Brachymeles boulengeri mindorensis — SILER et al. 2009
Brachymeles mindorensis — SILER et al. 2010 
DistributionPhilippines (Mindoro)

Type locality: 30 km SE of Municipality of Calapan: Bank of Tarogin River, 0–33-m elevation, 13° 11’ 25.44’’ N, 121° 8’ 52.8’’ E.  
TypesHolotype: CAS-SUR 24487. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Brachymeles mindorensis can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size moderate (SVL 90.0–104.2 mm); (2) pentadactyl; (3) Finger-III lamellae five or six; (4) Toe-IV lamellae eight or nine; (5) moderate limb length; (6) supralabials seven; (7) infralabials six; (8) pineal eye spot present; (9) enlarged chin shields in two pairs; (10) nuchal scales undifferentiated; (11) fifth and sixth supralabial below eye; (12) auricular opening present; (13) continuous, light, dorso- lateral stripes present; and (14) continuous, dark middorsal stripes present (Tables 4 and 5 in SILER & BROWN 2010).

For further comparison see SILER & BROWN 2010. 
CommentHabitat: 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.; 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
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Robin M. Jones, Arvin C. Diesmos, Mae L. Diesmos, and Rafe M. Brown 2012. Phylogeny-Based Species Delimitation In Philippine Slender Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) III: Taxonomic Revision of the Brachymeles Gracilis Complex, With Descriptions of Three New Species. Herpetological Monographs 26 (1): 135-172. - get paper here
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