Cyrtodactylus celatus KATHRINER, BAUER, O'SHEA, SANCHEZ & KAISER, 2014
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus celatus KATHRINER, BAUER, O'SHEA, SANCHEZ & KAISER 2014|
Gymnodactylus (?) marmoratus (KUHL) — SMITH 1927: 201
Gymnodactylus marmoratus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON (sic) — MERTENS 1930: 239 [part]
Gymnodactylus wetariensis Dunn — BRONGERSMA 1953: 174 [part]
Cyrtodactylus marmoratus — BAUER & HENLE 1994: 27 [part]
Cyrtodactylus celatus — RÖSLER 2016: 11
|Distribution||Indonesia (West Timor)|
Type locality: Djamplong, 55 kilometres by road from Kupang,” now Tjamplong (or Camplong), West Timor, Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, Indonesia
|Types||Holotype. BMNH 19184.108.40.206 (Figs. 2–5), an adult female collected by Malcolm Smith between 26 February and 29 April 1924.|
|Comment||Diagnosis. Cyrtodactylus celatus is a small (SVL of only known specimen 38.4 mm) species of Cyrtodactylus, distinguished from all other Sunda Shelf species by having large, elongate, conical, keeled tubercles on body, limbs, and tail; elongate, tubercles absent on the ventrolateral body fold and on the ventrolateral margin of the tail; 16 longitudinal rows of tubercles at midbody; 42 ventral scales between the ventrolateral folds; no transversely enlarged, median, subcaudal scales, uniform granular caudal scales; proximal subdigital lamellae transversely expanded; 17 subdigital lamellae (seven basal + ten distal) on the fourth toe; no abrupt transition between postfemoral and ventral femoral scales; no digital webbing; tail round in cross-section; ventrolateral caudal fringe lacking; no white reticulations on the head; and faint, squarish blotches on the body.|
|Etymology||The species name celatus is a Latin adjective, meaning ‘hidden away.’ We use it to describe this species not only because the specimen remained hidden behind a single line of Smith’s (1927) contribution and on the shelves of the BMNH, but also because it has taken nearly 200 years since the initial herpetological survey work on Timor to describe the first putatively endemic member of this diverse gecko genus from that island.|
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