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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Davewakeum
Heyer, 1972[1]

Davewakeum is a genus of skinks.[2]


This genus contains only one species.


In 2011 Siler et al. included the genus Davewakeum in the genus Brachymeles, creating the new combination, Brachymeles miriamae (Heyer, 1972).[3]


The generic name, Davewakeum, is in honor of American herpetologist David B. Wake. The specific name, miriamae, is in honor of Miriam Heyer, who collected the holotype, and is the wife of American herpetologist W. Ronald Heyer.[4]


  1. ^ "Brachymeles miriamae ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ "Taxon: Genus Davewakeum". The Taxonomicon. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Siler CD, Diesmos AC, Alcala AC, Brown RM. 2011. Phylogeny of Philippine slender skinks (Scincidae: Brachymeles) reveals underestimated species diversity, complex biogeographical relationships, and cryptic patterns of lineage diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (1): 53-65.
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Genus Davewakeum, pp. 66, 278-279; species D. miriamae, p. 179).

Further reading[edit]

  • Heyer WR. 1972. A New Limbless Skink (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Thailand With Comments on the Generic Status of the Limbless Skinks of Southeast Asia. Fieldiana Zoology 58 (10): 109-129. (Davewakeum, new genus, p. 124).