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Afroedura maripi JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMaripi Rock Gecko 
SynonymAfroedura rupestris JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014: 477
Afroedura ‘maripi’ — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura ‘maripi’ — JACOBSEN 1997 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Limpopo)

Type locality: Mariepskop, 24°32' S, 30°53' E, Pilgrim's Rest District (2430DB), Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproductionoviparous. Two eggs are laid at a time during August–October. They are soft when laid, adhering to the rock and hardening, as has been reported for A. halli (Power 1939). The eggs measure 9.5–10.9 x 7.8–9.3 mm and take approximately two months to hatch. Neonates measure 23.0 mm SVL, 21.0 mm TailL, with a mass of 0.25-0.30 g. 
TypesHolotype. TM 81262, adult male, collector R. E. Newbery, 25 June 1982.
Paratypes. (all from same locality as holotype) TM 81248–81249, 81251–81255, 81257–81259, 81261, 81263–81264, same data as holotype; TM 81250, 81256, 81260, 81265, collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 29 October 1980; TM 58031–58032, collector R. E. Newbery, 5 June 1984; TM 58118, collector R. E. Newbery, 21 November 1984; TM 62907–62909, collector R. E. Newbery, 21 February 1985; TM 64021, collector R. E. Newbery, 1 June 1984. 
CommentDiagnosis. A large Afroedura (to 63 mm SVL) differing from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: two pairs of enlarged subdigital lamellae per digit; a single internasal granule between nasorostrals; tail not obviously verticillate, with 4–5 subcaudal rows and 6–8 supracaudal rows per verticil; dorsal scales smooth, in 96–108 rows at midbody; a single internasal scale; 11–13 precloacal pores in males. 
EtymologyThe species name refers to the local name for Mariepskop, the type locality. 
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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