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Afroedura pongola JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Pongola Rock Gecko 
SynonymAfroedura pongola JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014: 481
Afroedura pondolia 'Godlwayo' — JACOBSEN 1990
Afroedura pondolia 'Godlwayo' — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura pondolia 'Godlwayo' — JACOBSEN 1997
Afroedura sp. nov. “Pongola flat gecko” — BOURQUIN 2004 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)

Type locality: Godlwayo, 27°20' S, 31°25' E, Piet Retief District (2731AD), KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 81210, adult male, collector R. E. Newbery, 24 May 1981. Paratypes. DNMNH (= TM) 81211–81213, 81216 same data as holotype; DNMNH (= TM) 81208–81209, 81214, 81217–81218, same locality as holotype, collectors R. E. Newbery & W. Petersen, 19 November 1985; DNMNH (= TM) 81215, 81219–81220, Farm Zwartkloof 60HU, Piet Retief district (2731BC), collector R. E. Newbery, 21 May 1981. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Afroedura (to 40 mm SVL) differing from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: two pairs of enlarged subdigital lamellae per digit; tail not obviously verticillate, with 4–5 subcaudal rows and 6–7 supracaudal rows per verticil; dorsal scales smooth, 95–103 scale rows at midbody; a single (rarely two) internasal scale; 21–23 precloacal pores in males. 
EtymologyThe name refers to the Pongola River, along part of which this species occurs. It is used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Bourquin, O. 2009. Reptiles (Reptilia) in KwaZulu-Natal: I - diversity and distribution. Durban Museum Novitates 29: 57-103
  • Jacobsen N H G. 1992. NEW LYGODACTYLUS TAXA (REPTILIA: GEKKONIDAE) FROM THE TRANSVAAL. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 43 (4): 527- 542. - get paper here
  • Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1992. Flat Geckos Genus Afroedura in the Transvaal. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (40): 22-25 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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