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Gehyra serraticauda SKIPWITH & OLIVER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGehyra serraticauda SKIPWITH & OLIVER 2014 
DistributionIndonesia (West Papua)

Type locality: Fakfak, Onin Peninsula (~2°55'"S, 132°18'E), West Papua Province, Indonesia.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. MCZ R7314, adult male, purchased from Antwerp Edgar Pratt. Date of original collection unknown, but lodged in the MCZ collection in 1909. 
CommentDiagnosis. Gehyra serraticauda is distinguished from other Gehyra species by the following suite of characters: moderately large size (91 mm SVL), prominent popliteal fold on the hindlimbs, high number of digital lamellae (finger IV = 16, toe IV = 17), distal lamellae deeply notched, rostral concave, supranasals small and widely separated by numerous small internasals, preanal pores arranged in a long single continuous chevron (36), and original tail strongly compressed dorsoventrally and adorned with a continuous series of acuminate scales on the lateral edges. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a feminine combination of the Latin adjective ‘serratus’ (notched like a saw) and the noun “cauda” (tail), and refers to the distinctive enlarged lateral scales on the tail of this species. 
References
  • Skipwith, Phillip L. & Paul M. Oliver 2014. A new Gehyra (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) from New Guinea with unique caudal scalation. Zootaxa 3827 (1): 057–066 - get paper here
 
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