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Afroedura leoloensis JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesLeolo Rock Gecko 
SynonymAfroedura leoloensis JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014: 486
Afroedura pondolia langi — VISSER 1984: 61 (part)
Afroedura langi 'Leolo' — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura langi 'Leolo' — JACOBSEN 1997 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Mpumalanga)

Type locality: Farm Hendriksplaats 281KT, 24°38' S, 30°08' E, Lydenburg District, (2430CA) Mpumalanga Province, Republic of South Africa Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. TM 81113, adult male, collectors R. E. Newbery and W. Petersen, 15 November 1985.
Paratypes. TM 81115, TM 81125, 81127, same data as for holotype; TM 81119, 81124, Farm Maandagshoek 254KT, Sekhukhuneland District, Limpopo Province (2430CA) collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 25 October 1980; TM 81112, 81116–81118, same locality as TM 81119, collector R.E.Newbery, 29 June 1982; TM 81126, Farm Kalkfontein 367KT, Lydenburg District, Mpumalanga Provicne (2430CC), collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 23 April 1981; TM 81114, 81121, 81123, 81128, same locality as TM 81126, collectors R. E. Newbery and W. Petersen, 16 November 1985; TM 81122, Kgoloko lokasie, Sekhukhuneland District, Limpopo Province (2429DB), collector R. E. Newbery, 27 October 1980; TM 81120, Farm De Grooteboom 373KT, Lydenburg District, Mpumalanga Province (2430CC), collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 23 October 1981. 
CommentDiagnosis. A small Afroedura (maximum SVL 40.5 mm) differing from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: two pairs of enlarged subdigital lamellae per digit; tail faintly verticillate and flattened near base, with four subcaudal rows and 6–7 supracaudal rows per verticil; dorsal scales smooth, 87–95 scale rows at midbody; internasal scales typically absent; 31–35 precloacal pores in males.

Habitat: Exclusively rupicolous, apparently limited to norite and granitic formations. Afroedura leoloensis sp. nov. lives in narrow crevices under exfoliating rock. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the Leolo hills in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo Province, where it was first discovered. 
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
 
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