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Brachymeles vindumi SILER & BROWN, 2010

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Jens’ slender skink 
SynonymBrachymeles vindumi SILER & BROWN 2010 
DistributionPhilippines (Jolo)

Type locality: Sulu Province, Jolo Island, Philippines  
TypesHolotype: CAS 60724 (EHT Field No. 1718), adult male, collected between 25 October and 17 November 1920, by Edward H. Taylor. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Brachymeles vindumi can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size moderate (SVL 104.9–113.6 mm); (2) penta- dactyl; (3) Finger-III lamellae six; (4) Toe-IV lamellae nine or 10; (5) moderate limb length; (6) midbody scale rows 30 or 31; (7) axilla– groin scale rows 49; (8) paravertebral scale rows 74; (9) supralabials seven; (10) infra- labials six; (11) pineal eye spot present, indistinct; (12) supranasals in contact; (13) prefrontals separate; (14) parietal in contact; (15) enlarged chin shields in two pairs; (16) first pair of chin shields separated; (17) nuchals undifferentiated; (18) fifth and sixth supralabials below the eye; (19) auricular opening present; (20) continuous, light dorso- lateral stripes present, distinct; (21) dark lateral stripes present; and (22) dark ventral pigmentation present (Tables 4 and 5).

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. 
Etymologynamed after Jens Vindum, herpetologist at the California Academy of Sciences. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
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