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Taxonomy of the family Scincidae
Bibliography of the genus Brachymeles
Biodiversity of the family Scincidae








Genus
Brachymeles

Indo-Malayan Slender Skinks, Loam-swimming Skinks, (Philippine Short-legged Skinks)

Indomalaiische Wühlskinke, Wurmskinke

Indomalayiske Muldskinker, (Kortbenede Skinker)

1839 Brachymeles Dumeril & Bibron (type species: Brachymeles bonitae Dumeril & Bibron 1839)
1845 Senira Gray (type species: Senira bicolor Gray 1845; syn. Taylor 1922)
1972 Davewakeum Heyer (type species: Davewakeum miriamae Heyer 1972; syn. Siler, Diesmos, Alcala & Brown 2011)
Contents: 41 species, all of which are endemic.
Distribution: Borneo, Philippines, Thailand.
Reported from: Brunei, Indonesia (Kalimantan), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Philippines (Apo, Babuyan Islands [incl. Calayan, Camiguin Norte, Fuga], Bohol, Boracay, Calagnaan, Calotcot, Caluya, Camiguin Sur, Camotes Islands [incl. Ponson, Poro], Carabao, Catanduanes, Cebu, Danjugan, Dinagat, Gigante Islands [Gigante Sur], Guimaras, Inampulugan, Lapinig Islands [Lapinig Chico, Lapinig Grande], Leyte, Lubang, Luzon, Marinduque, Masbate, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Pan de Azucar, Panay, Polillo, Polong Dako, Romblon, Samar, Sibuyan, Sicogon, Siquijor, Sulu Islands [incl. Basilan, Bitinan, Bubuan, Butinian, Jolo, Lapac, Tawi-Tawi, Papahag], Tablas, Tilmubo, Tintiman), Thailand.

Brachymeles apus

Bornean Slender Skink, Bornean Limbless Skink

Kinabalu-Wurmskink

Borneo-muldskink

1982 Brachymeles apus Hikida

Distribution: Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak).


Brachymeles bicolandia

Central Bicol Slender Skink, (Bicol Slender Skink)

Zentral-Bicol-Wurmskink

Central Bicol-muldskink

2011 Brachymeles bicolandia Siler, Fuiten, Jones, Alcala & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Brachymeles bicolor

Elongate Slender Skink, Elongate Short-legged Burrowing Skink

Schlanker Wurmskink

Slank Muldskink

1845 Senira bicolor Gray
Brachymeles bicolor Boettger 1886

Remarks: Exact distribution within the Philippines unknown (Brown & Alcala 1980).
Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Brachymeles boholensis

Bohol Slender Skink

Bohol-Wurmskink

Bohol-muldskink

1967 Brachymeles gracilis boholensis Brown & Rabor
Brachymeles boulengeri boholensis Brown & Alcala 1980
Brachymeles boholensis Siler & Brown 2010

Distribution: Philippines (Bohol).


Brachymeles bonitae

Stub-limbed Slender Skink, Stub-limbed Burrowing Skink

Kurzfuß-Wurmskink

Stumpfodet Muldskink

1839 Brachymeles bonitae Dumeril & Bibron
1915 Brachymeles burksi Taylor (Brown & Alcala 1980)

Remarks: Records from Masbate refer to mapalanggaon (Davis, Feller, Brown & Siler 2014).
Distribution: Philippines (Babuyan Islands [Camiguin Norte], Calotcot, Lubang, Luzon, Marinduque, Mindoro, Polillo, Sibuyan, Tablas).


Brachymeles boulengeri

Polillo Slender Skink

Polillo-Wurmskink

Polillo-muldskink

1922 Brachymeles boulengeri Taylor
Brachymeles gracilis boulengeri Brown 1956

Remarks: Regarded as a separate species by Brown & Alcala (1980), but as a subspecies of gracilis (Alcala 1986).
Distribution: Philippines (Catanduanes, Luzon, Marinduque, Polillo).


Brachymeles brevidactylus

Southern Bicol Slender Skink, Southern Bicol Slender Skink

Südlicher Bicol-Wurmskink

Sydlig Bicol-muldskink

2011 Brachymeles brevidactylus Siler, Fuiten, Jones, Alcala & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Brachymeles cebuensis

Cebu Slender Skink, Cebu Small Worm Skink

Cebu-Wurmskink

Cebu-muldskink

1967 Brachymeles cebuensis Brown & Rabor

Distribution: Philippines (Cebu).


Brachymeles cobos

Catanduanes Two-toed Slender Skink, (Catanduanes Slender Skink)

Zweizehiger Catanduanes-Wurmskink

Totået Catanduanes-muldskink

2011 Brachymeles cobos Siler, Fuiten, Jones, Alcala & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Catanduanes).


Brachymeles dalawangdaliri

Tablas Slender Skink

Tablas-Wurmskink

Tablas-muldskink

2016 Brachymeles dalawangdaliri Davis, Geheber, Watters, Penrod, Feller, Ashford, Kouri, Nguyen, Shauberger, Sheatsley, Winfrey, Wong, Sanguila, Brown & Siler

Distribution: Philippines (Tablas).


Brachymeles elerae

Four-toed Slender Skink, Slender Four-fingered Burrowing Skink

Vierzehen-Wurmskink

Firtået Muldskink

1917 Brachymeles elerae Taylor

Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Brachymeles gracilis

Graceful Slender Skink, Common Burrowing Skink

Venus-Wurmskink

Filippinsk Venus-muldskink

1885 Eumeces gracilis Fischer
Brachymeles gracilis Boettger 1886

Remarks: Previously included boholensis, hilong, mindorensis, suluensis, taylori, and the populations now known as samad, tiboliorum and vulcani.
Distribution: Philippines (Cebu, Mindanao).


Brachymeles hilong

Diuata Slender Skink, Diuata Burrowing Skink

Diuata-Wurmskink

Diuata-muldskink

1967 Brachymeles hilong Brown & Rabor
Brachymeles gracilis hilong Brown & Alcala 1970

Remarks: Revalidated as a separate species by Siler, Jones, Diesmos, Diesmos & Brown (2012), but also Alcala (1986) listed it as such.
Distribution: Philippines (Camiguin Sur, Mindanao).


Brachymeles ilocandia

Ilokano Slender Skink

Ilokano-Wurmskink

Ilokano-muldskink

2016 Brachymeles ilocandia Siler, Davis, Freitas, Huron, Geheber, Watters, Penrod, Papes, Amrein, Anwar, Cooper, Hein, Manning, Patel, Pinaroc, Diesmos, Diesmos, Oliveros & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Babuyan Islands [Camiguin Norte], Luzon).


Brachymeles isangdaliri

Aurora Slender Skink

Aurora-Wurmskink

Aurora-muldskink

2014 Brachymeles isangdaliri Davis, Feller, Brown & Siler

Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Brachymeles kadwa

Zabali Slender Skink, (Jessi's Slender Skink)

Zabali-Wurmskink

Zabali-muldskink

2010 Brachymeles kadwa Siler & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Babuyan Islands [Calayan, Camiguin Norte], Luzon).


Brachymeles libayani

Lapinig Islands Slender Skink

Lapinig-Wurmskink

Lapinig-muldskink

2011 Brachymeles libayani Siler, Fuiten, Jones, Alcala & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Lapinig Islands [Lapinig Chico, Lapinig Grande], Polong Dako, Tilmubo, Tintiman).


Brachymeles ligtas

Lubang Slender Skink

Lubang-Wurmskink

Lubang-muldskink

2016 Brachymeles ligtas Geheber, Davis, Watters, Penrod, Feller, Davey, Ellsworth, Flanagan, Heitz, Moore, Nguyen, Roberts, Sutton, Sanguila, Linkem, Brown & Siler

Distribution: Philippines (Lubang).


Brachymeles lukbani

Luzon Limbless Slender Skink

Gliedloser Luzon-Wurmskink

Lemmeløs Luzon-muldskink

2010 Brachymeles lukbani Siler, Balete, Diesmos & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Brachymeles makusog

Tungaw Slender Skink

Tungaw-Wurmskink

Tungaw-muldskink

2010 Brachymeles makusog Siler, Diesmos & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Catanduanes, Luzon).


Brachymeles mapalanggaon

Masbate Limbless Slender Skink

Gliedloser Masbate-Wurmskink

Lemmeløs Masbate-muldskink

2014 Brachymeles mapalanggaon Davis, Feller, Brown & Siler

Distribution: Philippines (Masbate).


Brachymeles mindorensis

Mindoro Slender Skink

Mindoro-Wurmskink

Mindoro-muldskink

1967 Brachymeles gracilis mindorensis Brown & Rabor
Brachymeles boulengeri mindorensis Brown & Alcala 1980
Brachymeles mindorensis Siler & Brown 2010

Distribution: Philippines (Mindoro).


Brachymeles minimus

Dwarf Limbless Slender Skink

Gliedloser Zwerg-Wurmskink

Lemmeløs Dværg-muldskink

1995 Brachymeles minimus Brown & Alcala

Distribution: Philippines (Catanduanes).


Brachymeles miriamae

Thai Slender Skink, (Miriam's Legless Skink, Miriam's Limbless Skink, Miriam's Skink)

Thailändischer Wurmskink

Thailandsk Muldskink

1972 Davewakeum miriamae Heyer
Brachymeles miriamae Siler, Diesmos, Alcala & Brown 2011

Distribution: Thailand.


Brachymeles muntingkamay

Caraballo Mountains Slender Skink

Caraballo-Wurmskink

Caraballo-muldskink

2009 Brachymeles muntingkamay Siler, Rico, Duya & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).


Brachymeles orientalis

Bario Dusita Slender Skink

Bario-Dusita-Wurmskink

Bario Dusita-muldskink

1967 Brachymeles schadenbergi orientalis Brown & Rabor
Brachymeles orientalis Siler & Brown 2010

Distribution: Philippines (Bohol, Camiguin Sur, Dinagat, Leyte, Mindanao, Samar).


Brachymeles paeforum

San Vicente Slender Skink, (PAEF Slender Skink)

San-Vicente-Wurmskink

San Vicente-muldskink

2011 Brachymeles paeforum Siler, Fuiten, Jones, Alcala & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Leyte).


Brachymeles pathfinderi

Cotabato Slender Skink, Cotabato Worm Skink

Cotabato-Wurmskink

Cotabato-muldskink

1925 Brachymeles pathfinderi Taylor

Distribution: Philippines (Mindanao).


Brachymeles samad

Eastern Visayas Slender Skink

Ostvisayas-Wurmskink

Østvisayas-muldskink

2012 Brachymeles samad Siler, Jones, Diesmos, Diesmos & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Leyte, Samar).


Brachymeles samarensis

Samar Two-toed Slender Skink, Two-digit Worm Skink

Zweizehiger Samar-Wurmskink

Totået Samar-muldskink

1956 Brachymeles samarensis Brown

Remarks: Now restricted to Samar. Previously included populations now known as bicolandia, brevidactylus, cobos, libayani, and paeforum (Siler, Fuiten, Jones, Alcala & Brown 2011).
Distribution: Philippines (Samar).


Brachymeles schadenbergi

Southern Philippine Slender Skink, Southern Burrowing Skink

Südphilippinischer Wurmskink

Sydfilippinsk Muldskink

1885 Eumeces schadenbergi Fischer
Brachymeles schadenbergi Boettger 1886

Remarks: Previously included orientalis.
Distribution: Philippines (Camiguin Sur, Mindanao, Sulu Islands [Basilan, Jolo]).


Brachymeles suluensis

Bubuan Slender Skink

Bubuan-Wurmskink

Bubuan-muldskink

1918 Brachymeles suluensis Taylor

Distribution: Philippines (Sulu Islands [Basilan, Bubuan]).


Brachymeles talinis

Greater Striped Slender Skink, Large Striped Burrowing Skink

Großer Streifen-Wurmskink

Stor Stribet Muldskink

1956 Brachymeles schadenbergi talinis Brown
Brachymeles talinis Brown & Rabor 1967

Remarks: Previously included populations now known as kadwa, makusog, and vindumi.
Distribution: Philippines (Carabao, Inampulugan, Negros, Panay, Romblon, Sibuyan, Tablas).


Brachymeles taylori

Common Negros Slender Skink, (Common Burrowing Skink)

Gewöhnlicher Negros-Wurmskink

Almindelig Negros-muldskink

1956 Brachymeles gracilis taylori Brown
Brachymeles boulengeri taylori Brown & Alcala 1980
Brachymeles taylori Siler & Brown 2010

Distribution: Philippines (Apo, Boracay, Calagnaan, Camotes Islands [Ponson, Poro], Carabao, Cebu, Danjugan, Guimaras, Inampulugan, Negros, Pan de Azucar, Panay, Siquijor).


Brachymeles tiboliorum

Western Mindanao Slender Skink

Westlicher Mindanao-Wurmskink

Vestlig Mindanao-muldskink

2012 Brachymeles tiboliorum Siler, Jones, Diesmos, Diesmos & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Mindanao).


Brachymeles tridactylus

Negros Three-toed Slender Skink, Negros Three-digit Worm Skink

Dreizehiger Negros-Wurmskink

Tretået Negros-muldskink

1956 Brachymeles tridactylus Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Boracay, Carabao, Inampulugan, Negros, Panay).


Brachymeles tungaoi

Masbate Five-toed Slender Skink, (Tungao's Slender Skink)

Fünfzehiger Masbate-Wurmskink

Femtået Masbate-muldskink

2010 Brachymeles tungaoi Siler & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Masbate).


Brachymeles vermis

Southern Limbless Slender Skink, Philippine Limbless Worm Skink

Südlicher Gliedloser Wurmskink

Sydlig Lemmeløs Muldskink

1918 Brachymeles vermis Taylor

Remarks: Records from Borneo refer to apus (Das 2007c).
Distribution: Philippines (Sulu Islands [Bitinan, Bubuan, Butinian, Jolo, Lapac, Tawi-Tawi, Papahag]).


Brachymeles vindumi

Jolo Slender Skink, (Jens' Slender Skink)

Jolo-Wurmskink

Jolo-muldskink

2010 Brachymeles vindumi Siler & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Sulu Islands: Jolo).


Brachymeles vulcani

Camiguin Sur Slender Skink

Camiguin-Sur-Wurmskink

Camiguin Sur-muldskink

2012 Brachymeles vulcani Siler, Jones, Diesmos, Diesmos & Brown

Distribution: Philippines (Camiguin Sur).


Brachymeles wrighti

Benguet Slender Skink

Benguet-Wurmskink

Benguet-muldskink

1925 Brachymeles wrighti Taylor

Distribution: Philippines (Luzon).