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Afroedura broadleyi JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBroadley’s Rock Gecko 
SynonymAfroedura broadleyi JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014: 487
Afroedura 'Matlala' — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura langi 'Soutpansberg' — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura langi 'Soutpansberg' — JACOBSEN 1997
Afroedura 'Matlala' — JACOBSEN 1997
Afroedura langi 'Soutpansberg' — KIRCHHOF et al. 2010 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Limpopo)

Type locality: Farm Peover 772MS, 22°59' S, 29°44' E, Soutpansberg District (2229DC), Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. TM 81316, adult male, collector R. E. Newbery, 6 November 1985.
Paratypes. TM 81317–81322, 81341, same data as for holotype; TM 81338-81340, Farm Leek 769MS, Soutpansberg District (2229DC), Limpopo Province, collector R. E. Newbery 6 November 1985. 
CommentDiagnosis. A mid-sized Afroedura (maximum SVL 56.0 mm) differing from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: two pairs of enlarged subdigital lamellae per digit; tail moderately verticillate (semi-verticillate) and flattened near base, with four subcaudal rows and 6–8 supracaudal rows per verticil; dorsal scales smooth, 88–106 scale rows at midbody; internasal scales typically absent; 8–12 precloacal pores in males.

Comparisons: Remarks. Afroedura broadleyi sp. nov. shares a suite of characters with A. langi and four other species described herein as new. In comparison with other members of this group it differs most obviously in male precloacal pore counts, being much lower than A. leoloensis sp. nov. and having non-overlapping pore ranges with A. langi, A. pienaari sp. nov. and A. granitica sp. nov. (more pores) and A. waterbergensis sp. nov. (fewer pores). In addition it is substantially larger than A. leoloensis sp. nov. , A. langi, and A. waterbergensis sp. nov. (see Table 4).
Three populations are known, each of which appears to differ slightly from the others. However, there is significant overlap in morphological features and Jacobsen’s (1990, 1992a) initial recognition of two putative species (‘Soutpansberg’ and ‘Matlala’) cannot be substantiated given available data. Unfortunately, molecular data were available only from Soutpansberg samples. The Soutpansberg form is separated from the others by A. pienaari along the Waterpoort Gap, whereas those from Matlala are separated by 70 km from the nearest other population (on the Blouberg). The Matlala and Blouberg forms have the precloacal pores in a continuous row, only exceptionally subdivided by a poreless scale, as is frequently the case in Soutpansberg populations. Precloacal pores on Matlala and in the Blouberg are mostly eight, nine or 10 and on the Soutpansberg nine, 11 or 12. Individuals from the eastern Blouberg tend to be smaller and have a mean midbody scale count of 91.46 +/- 2.37 (n = 13), which is considerably lower than that from Soutpansberg individuals—96.91 +/- 4.32 (n = 22), western Blouberg—97.73 +/- 3.49 (n = 15) and Matlala—99.5 +/- 4.19 (n = 18). 
Etymology“The species is named for our friend and colleague Dr. Donald G. Broadley in honor of his many contributions to African herpetology and in celebration of his 80th birthday.” 
References
  • Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1992. Flat Geckos Genus Afroedura in the Transvaal. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (40): 22-25 - get paper here
  • Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1997. Family Gekkonidae, Genus Afroedura. In: Van Wyk, J.H. (Ed.), Proceedings of the FitzSimons Commemorative Symposium, South African Lizards: 50 years of Progress and Third H.A.A. Symposium on African Herpetology, Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Afric Herpetological Association of Africa, Stellenbosch, pp. 34–39.
  • JACOBSEN, NIELS H. G.; ARIANNA L. KUHN, TODD R. JACKMAN & AARON M. BAUER 2014. A phylogenetic analysis of the southern African gecko genus Afroedura Loveridge (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with the description of nine new species from Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. Zootaxa 3846 (4): 451–501 - get paper here
  • Kirchhof, S., M. Krämer, J. Linden & K. Richter 2010. The reptile species assemblage of the Soutpansberg (Limpopo Province, South Africa) and its characteristics. Salamandra 46 (3): 147-166 - get paper here
 
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