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Cyrtodactylus albofasciatus (BOULENGER, 1885)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesDeccan Banded Gecko, Boulenger’s Indian Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus albofasciatus BOULENGER 1885: 37
Geckoella albofasciatus — BAUER & GIRI 2004
Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella) albofasciatus — WOOD et al. 2012 (by implication)
Geckoella albofasciatus — AGARWAL & KARANTH 2015
Geckoella albofasciatus — RÖSLER 2017 
DistributionIndia (N Western Ghats, Goa and surroundings)

Type locality: “South Canara”  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
CommentThis species has often been confused with G. dekkanensis and has only recently been resurrected from its synonymy by BAUER & GIRI (2004).

Two nominal species of Indian geckos, Geckoella deccanensis and G.
albofasciata, are similar in general appearance and have been regarded as conspecific by some recent authors. Although there are no obvious morphometric differences between the two forms, they differ consistently in dorsal scalation and in juvenile colour pattern. Geckoella deccanensis is characterized by large, flattened, juxtaposed dorsal scales and a series of yellow cross-bands on the body, whereas G. albofasciata has smaller, heterogeneous, conical dorsal scales and juveniles posses a series of white dorsal trunk bands and a single, yellow nape band. 
References
  • Agarwal, Ishan; K. Praveen Karanth 2014. A phylogeny of the only ground-dwelling radiation of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae): diversification of Geckoella across peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 82: 193-199 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. & Giri, V. 2004. ON THE SYSTEMATIC STATUS OF GECKOELLA DECCANENSIS (GÜNTHER, 1864) AND G. ALBOFASCIATA (BOULENGER, 1885) (SQUAMATA: GEKKONIDAE). Hamadryad 28 (1-2): 51 – 58 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • SANAP, R.V., Z. A. MIRZA & K. ULLALKAR 2011. Notes on the Reproduction and Diet of Geckoella spp. in the North of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. Sauria, Berlin 33 (2): 47-50 - get paper here
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. Addendum to An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (4): 848 - get paper here
  • Wood Jr, Perry L.; Matthew P. Heinicke, Todd R. Jackman, Aaron M. Bauer 2012. Phylogeny of bent-toed geckos (Cyrtodactylus) reveals a west to east pattern of diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 992–1003 - get paper here
 
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