Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis (DE VIS, 1892)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Ring-tailed Gecko, Banded Gecko|
|Synonym||Gymnodactylus louisiadensis DE VIS 1892|
Gymnodactylus louisiadensis — DE ROOIJ 1915: 14
Gymnodactylus louisadensis BARBOUR & LOVERIDGE 1929
Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis — UNDERWOOD 1954
Gymnodactylus louisadensis [sic] — WERMUTH 1965: 60
Gonydactylus louisiadensis — KLUGE 1991
Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis — COGGER 2000: 210
Cyrtodactylus (Cyrtodactylus) louisiadensis — RÖSLER 2000: 66
Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis — TALLOWIN et al. 2018
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Sudest Island, Milne Bay Province)|
Type locality: Tagula Island, British New Guinea (fide LOVERIDGE 1948). “Sudest” [Island, Papua New Guinea], fide KRAUS 2008.
|Types||Neotype. BPBM 19741 (field tag FK 9721), adult female, collected by F. Kraus along Gesirava River, W slope Mt. Riu, 11.49179ºS, 153.41261ºE, 127 m, Sudest Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, 21 April 2004.|
Holotype: presumed lost (Gymnodactylus louisiadensis De Vis 1892)
Holotype: MCZ 6470 [Gymnodactylus Olivii Garman 1901]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large (SV = 116–133 mm) species of Cyrtodactylus having a single row of enlarged subcaudals; enlarged dorsal tubercles flat, unkeeled, 2–3 times size of adjacent granules (Fig. 2C), in 27–32 rows; lateral tubercles indistinct, ~2–3 times size of adjacent granules and approximately same size as scales of lat-eral skin fold; 34–39 midbelly scale rows; precloacal/femoral pores 69, in a single continuous row; lamellae under fourth toe 24–26; head of moderate width (HW/HL = .67–.72, mean .69); four dark dorsal bands between head and hindlimb insertion, of even width, typically not well margined in black, with 8–13 tubercles sagitally through 3rd dark band; dark spots absent from light dorsal ground color; mouth and cloacal linings pink; ventral scales dirty white clouded with brown; and posterior supralabials brown.|
|Comment||Similar species: A number of related species have been described as Cyrtodactylus irianjayaensis RÖSLER 21, C. epiroticus, C. klugei, C. robustus, and C. tripartitus KRAUS 28. Previous references to Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis may be in fact one of those Cyrtodactylus species.|
Synonymy: Hoplodactylus tuberculatus LUCAS & FROST 19 was removed from the synonymy of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis by KLUGE 1963. Gymnodactylus Olivii GARMAN 191 has been synonymized with Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis by LOVERIDGE 1934 but was recently placed in the synonymy of C. tuberculatus (see that entry).
Distribution: not listed for the Solomon Islands by McCoy 215.