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All species in the genus can generally be described as slender, small species of skinks (= lizards), with well-developed but slender limbs. All species possess some degree of longitudinal stripes or bands down their dorsal and dorsolateral surfaces. Previous taxonomic assessments of Philippine species in this genus recognized two distinct species groups, one group containing species with the external ear opening covered by scales, and the other group containing species with exposed tympanum (see Brown and Alcala, 1980). Several of the eight currently recognized species are likely complexes of unique, albeit morphologically similar species, and large scale taxonomic revisions are needed before an appropriate measure of species diversity can be made.

This species has traditionally been considered a member of Group 1 species in the genus Lipinia in the Philippines, with tympanum covered by scales and the position of the ear noticeable only by a small depression in the scales. This species likely includes multiple, unique evolutionary lineages in need of recognition.

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Source: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Philippines

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