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Eutropis lapulapu BARLEY, DIESMOS, SILER, MARTINEZ & BROWN, 2020

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lapu-lapu’s Sun Skink 
SynonymEutropis lapulapu BARLEY, DIESMOS, SILER, MARTINEZ & BROWN 2020: 61
Eutropis lapulapu — BARLEY et al. 2021 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon: Bicol Peninsula, Mindanao, Samar, Dinagat, Panay, Cebu)

Type locality: Barangay San Rafael at 180 m, Municipality of Taft, Eastern Samar Province, Samar Island, Philippines (11.829248N, 125.276638E.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9848 (formerly KU 310781), Female, collected by C.D. Siler and C.W. Linkem, 13 October 2007.
Paratypes (paratopotypes): KU 310340 (collected by RMB 3 October 2007), 310781, 310783 (collected by CDS 13 October 2007), bearing the same locality as the holotype.
Paratypes: Fifteen specimens, all from Philippines. KU 302876, collected by CDS and C.W. Linkem 24 November 2001 at 180 m, Barangay Duyong, Municipality of Pandan, Antique Province, Panay Island (11.760818N, 122.039748E). KU 306194, collected by C.W. Linkem and CDS, 24 June 2006, near Barangay Esperanza at 120 m, Municipality of Loreto, Dinagat Islands Province, Dinagat Island (10.38168N, 125.61688E). KU 306195, collected by C.W. Linkem, 26 June 2006 at 40 m, Barangay San Juan, Municipality of Loreto, Dinagat Islands Province, Dinagat Island (10.365178N, 125.568738E). KU 306200, 306201 (collected by CDS 16 June 2006), KU 306202, 306204, 306205 (collected by C.W. Linkem and CDS 16 June 2006) at 220 m, Taft Forest, Barangay San Rafael, Municipality of Taft, Eastern Samar Province, Samar Island (11.831638N, 125.283178E). KU 337443, collected by RMB, 14 June 2014 at 75 m, Kadakan River, Barangay San Rafael, Municipality of Taft, Eastern Samar Province, Samar Island (11.812078N, 125.29168E). KU 344246, collected by RMB and J.B. Fernandez, 4 April 2016 at 130 m, Kaantulan River Drainage, Sitio Bangon, Barangay Guinmaayohan, Municipality of Balangiga, Eastern Samar Province, Samar Island (11.20748N, 125.36728E). KU 331836, collected by J.B. Fernandez, 11 December 2011 at 400 m, Mt. Lantoy, Municipality of Argao, Cebu Province, Cebu Island (9.9018N, 123.5308E). KU 306197, 306199, collected by C.W. Linkem and CDS, 7 July 2006 at 30 m, Barangay Maangas, Municipality of Presentacion, Camarines del Sur Province, Luzon Island (13.719728N, 123.666668E). CAS 27478, collected by L. Alcala, 9 March 1967, Buhisan Barrio, Cebu City Province, Cebu Island. CAS 24673 collected by D.S. Rabor 31 May 1964, Municipality of Mahaplag, Leyte del Sur Province, Leyte Island. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Eutropis, distinguished by the following combination of characters: (1) adult body small to medium-sized (SVL 45–70 mm); (2) interparietal relatively large, separating parietals; (3) paravertebrals 39–45; (4) sum of subdigital lamellae on all five toes of one foot 70–80; (5) ventral scales rows 25–30; (6) midbody scale rows 27–33; (7) keels on the dorsal and lateral body scales moderately defined, 5–9; (8) lower eyelid scaly (9) supraciliaries five or six; (10) prefrontals separated or in contact; (11) primary temporal scales one or two; (12) dorsolateral surface with two faint to moderate light stripes that fade or become broken towards the posterior portion of the body, adult males frequently exhibiting a bright orange coloration on the anterior portion of the body under the chin or suffusing the lateral band (Fig. 6). 
EtymologyNamed in honor of the Philippine National Hero, Lapu-Lapu, who is considered to be the first Filipino native to have resisted Spanish colonization. Lapu-Lapu was a ruler on the island of Mactan in the Visayas, where this species is known to occur. 
  • Barley, A. J., Diesmos, A. C., Siler, C. D., Martinez, C. M. & Brown, R. M. 2020. Taxonomic Revision of Philippine Sun Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Eutropis), and Descriptions of Eight New Species. Herpetol. Monogr. 34: 39–70
  • Barley, Anthony J.; Marites B. Sanguila and Rafe M. Brown 2021. A new species of Sun Skink (Reptilia: Scincidae: Eutropis) from the Zamboanga Peninsula, southwestern Mindanao Island, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology 14 (2): 1-18; DOI: 10.26757/pjsb2020b14012 - get paper here
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