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Brachymeles wrighti is one of only two species in the genus Brachymeles to possess four fingers and four toes. The other known four-digit species is B. elerae, a considerably smaller species. It is a larger species with a very restricted known distribution in northern Luzon Island, Philippines. This species is known from only a few records worldwide. 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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