Afroedura rupestris JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Afroedura rupestris?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Afroedura rupestris JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014|
Afroedura multiporis ‘Abel Erasmus’ — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura multiporis ‘Abel Erasmus’ — JACOBSEN 1997
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Limpopo)|
Type locality: Farm Perkeo 223KT, 24°27'S, 30°35'E, Sekukhuneland District (2430BC), Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa
|Types||Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 81233, adult male, collector R.E. Newbery, 28 June 1982. Paratypes. DNMNH (= TM) 81224–81228, 81230–81232, 81234–81235, same data as holotype.|
Additional material: DNMNH (= TM) 47504, 52120, 81229, Bourk’s Luck, Pilgrim’s Rest District, Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa (2430DB).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large Afroedura (to 62 mm SVL) differing from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: two pairs of enlarged subdigital lamellae per digit; tail faintly verticillate with three subcaudal rows and usually six supracaudal rows per verticil; dorsal scales bluntly keeled to trihedral; usually a single internasal scale; 20–24 precloacal pores in males.|
Comparisons: Afroedura rupestris sp. nov. shares with A. haackei, A. multiporis, and A. major bluntly keeled to trihedral dorsal scales and although not sampled in our molecular phylogeny, presumably belongs to the same clade as these taxa (Jacobsen 1992a, 1997). It differs from these species in typically having 20–24 preclocal pores in males (versus 16–17 in A. multiporis, generally 25–28 in A. haackei, and 18–19 in A. major). It may further be differentiated from A. multiporis and A. major by its lower number of supracaudal scale rows per vertical (6 versus 7 and 8, respectively). It is significantly larger (max SVL 62 mm) than A. haackei (max SVL 52 mm), from which it also has a significantly higher number of supralabials (p < 0.05, t28 d.f.) and scales from eye to ear (p < 0.001, t25 d.f.), and smaller than A. major (max SVL 76 mm).
|Etymology||The species name refers to the rupicolous nature of this (and most) members of the genus Afroedura.|
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