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Gekko coi BROWN, SILER, OLIVEROS, DIESMOS & ALCALA, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGekko coi BROWN, SILER, OLIVEROS, DIESMOS & ALCALA 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Sibuyan)

Type locality: a large stream-side boulder near sea level in mixed second growth and primary forest at Barangay Tampayan, Municipality of Magdiwang, Romblon Province, northeast coast of Sibuyan Island, Philippines (12.486°N, 122.516°E; datum = WGS84).  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: PNM 9765 (Field no. RMB 2961; formerly KU 326208), an adult male collected by ACD at 2330 h on 2 January 2001.
Paratypes: FMNH, CA 
CommentDiagnosis.—Gekko coi differs from all other species of Philippine Gekko (i.e., G. athymus, G. carusadensis, G. crombota, G. ernstkelleri, G. gecko, G. gigante, G. mindorensis, G. monarchus, G. palawanensis, G. porosus, G. romblon, and G. rossi) in having the following combination of diagnostic traits: (1) moder- ately large body size (snout–vent length [SVL] 65.2–84.0 for adult males, 72.1–77.1 mm for females); (2) dorsum medium brown to gray, with single row of alternating light (cream) and dark (dark brown) vertebral blotches; (3) high numbers of dorsal body scales (107–132 transverse midbody scales, 192–226 paraver- tebrals); (4) relatively few rows of conical body tubercles (13–15 midbody, 25–28 paraverte- brally; (5) precloacofemorals in a continuous series (precloacals and femoral pore-bearing scale series distinctly differentiated but abut- ting with no undifferentiated scales interrupt- ing the two series) of 86–92 differentiated, greatly enlarged (precloacals) to only slightly enlarged (femorals) scales [from BOWN et al 2011]. 
EtymologyNamed after a colleague and friend of the authors, Leonardo L. Co, a widely respected botanist and conservation biologist who passed away prematurely in November 2010 while conducting fieldwork on Leyte Island. 
References
  • Brown, Rafe M.; Cameron D. Siler, Carl H. Oliveros, Arvin C. Diesmos, and Angel C. Alcala 2011. A New Gekko from Sibuyan Island, Central Philippines. Herpetologica 67 (4): 460-476. - get paper here
  • M. Gaulke 2017. Sibuyan – das Galapagos Asiens. Reptilia (Münster) 22 (126): 68-78 - get paper here
  • Siler, C.D.; J.C. Swab; C.H. Oliveros; A.C. Diesmos; L. Averia; A.C. Alcala; R.M. Brown 2012. Amphibians and Reptiles, Romblon Island Group, central Philippines: Comprehensive herpetofaunal inventory. Check List 8(3):443-462 - get paper here
 
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