Gekko remotus RÖSLER, INEICH, WILMS & BÖHME, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gekko remotus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Gekko remotus RÖSLER, INEICH, WILMS & BÖHME 2012|
|Distribution||Palau Islands (Babeldaob, Bablomekang, Beliliou, Kmekumer Island, Malakal, Ngeaur, Ngercheu, Ngeruais, Ngerekebesang, Ngerikeuid Island, Oreor, Ulebsechel and Ulong)|
Type locality: Palau Islands
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 20611, male, coll. by Brock, before 1874, received from Godeffroy Museum, Hamburg (via Zoological Museum, University of Göttin- gen, 1977).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of the Gekko vittatus s.l. complex with which it is connected by its tubercles on throat and lateral folds as well as by colour pattern. From Gekko vittatus s.str. (phenotype 1) it is distinguished by pointed (versus blunt) nuchal tubercles and by the lack of a white, anteriorly forked vertebral stripe and of an annulated tail pattern. From Gekko cf. vittatus (phenotype 3, “Kei Is- lands”) Gekko remotus sp.n. is distinguished by less nu- merous precloacal and femoral pores (31–45 vs. 51–55) and from Gekko cf. vittatus (phenotype 4, “Nissan Atoll”) by a distinct flecked dorsal (vs. dark and light variegated) colour pattern.|
|Comment||Diet: insects, fruit.|
Similar species: G. vittatus, which which it has been confused previously.
|Etymology||The species name is derived from the Latin adjective remotus, -a, -um, meaning far away, and refers to the remote, isolated distribution range of the new species.|