Brachymeles boulengeri — Overview

Boulenger's Short-legged Skink learn more about names for this taxon

IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Biology

Brachymeles boulengeri was elevated to full species status only recently, after close investigation of genetic and morphological data revealed this Philippine island endemic to be unique. It is considered one of the medium-sized species in the genus, and is quite common in the northern islands in the Philippines. B. boulengeri has five fingers and five toes. This species is only known to occur on Bohol Island in the central Philippines. The genus Brachymeles represents a unique group of semi-burrowing (semi-fossorial) lizards in that the group possesses species with a full spectrum of body forms, from limbed species with five fingers and five toes, to fully limbless species. Researchers are interested in the process and patterns behind the evolution of these drastic changes in body form. With the exception of two species from Borneo (B. apus) and Thailand (B. miriamae), all species of Brachymeles are endemic to the Philippines. This means they are found among the more than 7,000 Philippine islands and nowhere else in the world.

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Source: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Philippines

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