Gehyra membranacruralis KING & HORNER, 1989
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gehyra membranacruralis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Port Moresby four-clawed gecko, Port Moresby Dtella|
|Synonym||Gehyra oceanica - DE ROOIJ 1915 (partim)|
Gehyra vorax - DE ROOIJ 1915 (partim ?)
Gehyra membranacruralis KING & HORNER 1989
Gehyra membranacruralis — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra membranacruralis — RÖSLER 2000: 80
Gehyra membranacruralis — FLECKS et al. 2012
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 09°30'S 147°07'E. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: NTM R13746|
|Comment||The validity of this species is unclear.|
Diagnosis. Gehyra membranacruralis is distinguished from other Papua New Guinea Gehyra by a combination of characters. Gehyra baliola, G. interstitalis, G. /eopoldi, G. mutilata, G. papuana and G. variegata have divided subdigitallamellae on the dilated section of the fourth toe, whereas those in G. membranacruralis are undivided. In addition, G. interstitalis, G. /eopoldi, G. papuana and G. variegata are smaller, being usually less than 80mm in adult snout-vent length. Gehyra baliola and G. muti/ata have a tail which is roughly triangular in section (rather than round to ovoid), due to the presence of en- larged lateral scales. G. baliola also possesses a characteristic 'U' shaped rostral scale.
Gehyra oceanica, like G. membranacruralis, has undivided subdigital lamellae, nevertheless it is smaller in adult snout-vent length (50- 101mm vs 103-123mm) and possesses only rudimentary webbing, directly behind the knees and between the toes. The Moluccan species G. marginata (holotype examined), is distinguished from G. membranacruralis by having anterior and posterior skin folds on the forelimbs and a tail that is roughly triangular in section.
|Etymology||The name is drawn from the latin terms Membrana: "skin that covers special parts of the body" and Cruralis: "of the leg". Membranacruralis thus refers to the|
cutaneous skin fold found on the rear legs of this species.
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