Gekko rossi BROWN, OLIVEROS, SILER & DIESMOS, 2009
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Ross’ Calayan Gecko|
|Synonym||Gekko rossi BROWN, OLIVEROS, SILER & DIESMOS 2009|
Gekko monarchus — STEJNEGER 1907
Type locality: m from the ground on the trunk of a large (1.2 mdbh) tree by RMB at an area known locally as ‘‘Macarra,’’ Barangay Magsidel, Municipality of Calayan, Cagayan Province, Calayan Island, Philippines (19.294°N, 121.409°E; 245 m elevation).
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9543 (Field number RMB 5998; formerly KU 304877), an adult male collected at 2245 h 2 on 15 March 2006.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Gekko rossi differs from all other species of Philippine Gekko (i.e., G. athymus, G. crombota, G. ernstkelleri, G. gecko, G. gigante, G. mindorensis, G. monarchus, G. palawanensis, G. porosus, and G. romblon) by the following combination of characters (1) larger body size (SVL 95.5–108.2 mm for adult males; 86.8–100.0 for females); (2) dorsum brown with six diffuse transverse black bars adjacent to six transverse series of two or three cream spots; (3) high numbers of dorsal body scales (125–170 transverse midbody scales; 251–281 paravertebrals); (4) high number of sharply conical dorsal body tubercle rows (16–18 midbody; 31–37 paravertebrally); (5) 77–88 enlarged precloacal-femorals arranged in a continuous, uninterrupted series (pore bearing in males; lacking pores in females).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Etymology.—Named for Charles Andrew Ross in recognition of his numerous contributions to the systematics of reptiles and amphibians of the Philippines and his particular enthusiasm for the herpetofauna of the Babuyan islands.|
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