Gehyra insulensis (GIRARD, 1858)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gehyra insulensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Pacific Stump-toed Gecko|
G: Pazifischer Vierkrallengecko
|Synonym||Dactyloperus insulensis GIRARD 1858: 195|
Gehyra insulensis — BOULENGER 1885: 150
Gehyra insulanus — UNDERWOOD 1954
Gehyra insulensis — ZUG et al. 2012
Gehyra insulensis — ZUG 2013: 82
Gehyra insulensis — BUDEN & TABOROŠI 2016
|Distribution||Cook Islands (Roratonga), Tonga, Micronesia|
Type locality: Sandwich Islands
|Types||Lecotype: USNM 21219 (designated by WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985)|
|Comment||Synonymy: Gehyra insulensis has been synonymized with G. mutilata by many previous authors but more recently accepted as a valid species. Sometimes cited as GIRARD 1857.|
Diagnosis: G. insulensis seems to be different from G. mutilata only genetically. Adults 36–50 mm SVL (vs. 59–84 mm in G. oceanica). Tail flattened cylindrical without distinct segmentation (oceanica with distinct segmentation) and with a ventrolateral bor- der of small elongate scales; distinct digital pads with 8–9 subdigital lamellae (12-16 in oceanica) on fourth digit of hindfoot (modified after Zug 2013: plate 5).
|Etymology||Named after the Greek word “peros” = mutilated and “pous” = foot. McKeown (1996) states that Gehyra mutilata might have been present in Hawaii before the arrival of Europeans.|
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