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Cyrtodactylus equestris OLIVER, RICHARDS, MUMPUNI & RÖSLER, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus equestris OLIVER, RICHARDS, MUMPUNI & RÖSLER 2016 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Sandaun Province)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea, Sandaun Province, Torricelli Mountains, Mt. Sumbau (3°23'S, 142°31'E, between 1000–1200 m elevation)  
TypesHolotype. AMS R135520 adult male with everted left hemipenis and completely re- grown tail, collected by P. German, 10 March 1990, with frozen tissue at the South Australian Museum (ABTC50282).
Paratypes (n = 6). Papua New Guinea: AMS R119547 Sandaun Province, Torri- celli Mtns, Wigote (3°25'S, 142°09'E), collected by T. Flannery, 20 July 1985; BPBM 23314–16 Sandaun Province, Torricelli Mountains, between 2.9–3.2 km east of Mt Sapau summit (3°23'27.0636"S, 142°31'47.028"E, 550–700 m a.s.l.), collected by F. Kraus between 23–25 May 2005. Indonesia: MZB lace 5435–6 Papua Province, Foja Mountains, camp above Marina Valen Village (02°22.230'S, 138°12.753'E; 500 m a.s.l.), collected by S. Richards and B. Tjaturadi between 17–22 July 2004. 
CommentDistribution: see map in Oliver et al. 2016: 120. 
EtymologyEquestris latin for knight, in reference to the relative size of this species – large for the genus, but still subordinate to some of its near relatives. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2017. Neue Arten: Liste der im Jahr 2016 neu beschriebenen Reptilien Terraria-Elaphe 2017 (3): 54-70 - get paper here
  • Oliver PM, Richards SJ, Mumpuni, Rösler H 2016. The Knight and the King: two new species of giant bent- toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus, Gekkonidae, Squamata) from northern New Guinea, with comments. ZooKeys 562: 105–130, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.562.6052 - get paper here
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