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Afroedura rondavelica JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesRondavels Rock Gecko 
SynonymAfroedura rondavelica JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014: 482 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Mpumalanga)

Type locality: Blyde River Nature Reserve, 24°34' S, 30°50' E, Pilgrim’s Rest District (2430DB), Mpumalanga Province, Republic of South Africa Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. TM 81238, adult male, collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 18 December 1991.
Paratype. TM 81237, same data as for holotype. 
CommentDiagnosis. A mid-sized Afroedura (to 55 mm SVL) differing from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: two pairs of enlarged subdigital lamellae per digit; tail cylindrical, weakly verticillate, with four subcaudal rows and seven supracaudal rows per verticil; dorsal scales smooth, 99–100 scale rows at midbody; a single internasal scale separating the nasorostrals; 7–9 precloacal pores in males. 
EtymologyThe name refers to the ‘Three Rondavels,’ prominent mountain peaks in the Blyde River Nature Reserve with the appearance of round thatch roofed huts (= rondavels). The specimens were collected on cliff faces of one of these. 
References
  • 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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