Afroedura maripi JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Afroedura maripi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Maripi Rock Gecko|
|Synonym||Afroedura rupestris JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014: 477|
Afroedura ‘maripi’ — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura ‘maripi’ — JACOBSEN 1997
|Distribution||Republic 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.
|Reproduction||oviparous. 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.|
|Types||Holotype. 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.
|Comment||Diagnosis. 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.|
|Etymology||The species name refers to the local name for Mariepskop, the type locality.|
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