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There are three species in the genus Emoia recognized to occur in the Philippines. One of these species, E. ruficauda, is recognized to be endemic to the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The two other species, E. atrocostata and E. caeruleocauda, are considered widely distributed species complexes (Brown and Alcala, 1980). These two species likely include multiple, unique evolutionary lineages in need of recognition.
Species of Emoia are often observed around streams and bodies of water, with some species commonly found in mangrove swamps or coastal habitat (E. atrocostata) and other species observed in grass-dominated habitat near rivers (Emoia ruficauda) or rocky habitat near the coast (E. caeruleocauda) (Brown and Alcala, 1980).
Of the three species found in the Philippines, only E. atrocostata is considered a moderate-sized species, with E. ruficauda and E. caeruleocauda possessing smaller body sizes.