Eublepharis fuscus BÖRNER, 1974
|Higher Taxa||Eublepharidae, Sauria (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||G: Westindischer Leopardgecko|
|Synonym||Eublepharis macularius fuscus BÖRNER 1974|
Eublepharis fuscus — DAS 1997
Eublepharis fuscus — RÖSLER 2000: 78
Eublepharis fuscus — SEUFER et al. 2005
|Distribution||W India (northern Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat)|
Type locality: 60 km north of Bombay (= Mumbai) Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Neotype: BNMH 1047 (designated by DAS 1997)|
|Comment||Diagnosis. Eublepharis fuscus can be differentiated from E. macularius in possessing smooth (as opposed to tuberculate) median scansors on the toes, mentals longer than wide (vs wider than long), a single (not two) broad pale dorsal bands and eight (vs six) postnasals bordering the nasals. It differs from E. hardwickii in possessing middorsal tubercles that are smaller (vs larger) than their interspaces, these tubercles also differing in shape, being conical in E.fuseus and flattened in the east Indian species; and variegations within the pale bands on the dorsum of the body (absent in E. hardwickii). The western Indian species differs from E. angramainyu in showing a blotched (as opposed to a linearly-arranged) pattern on the dorsal surface of the head and body, head covered with flat (not convex, polygonal) scales, eight (vs 10) supralabials and mentals longer than broad (vs twice as broad as long), besides being substantially ( 67 per cent) larger (SVL 252 mm) than the west Asian species (170 mm). Finally, Eublepharis fuseus differs from E. turemenieus in showing tubercles on the dorsum that are smaller (han the interspace (vs equal to the distance between (hem), rostral twice as wide as high (vs one and a half times wider than high), a more robust habitus than its west Asian congener; a dorsal body pattern that consists of dark blotches (not partially with a linear pattern) and continuous preanal pores, (preanal pores interrupted medially by one to four scales that lack pores in the congener from Turkmenistan) [from DAS 1997].|
|Etymology||Named after Latin “fuscus”, meaning dark or dusky.|