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Gekko wenxianensis ZHOU & WANG, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesChinese: 文县壁虎 
SynonymGekko wenxianensis ZHOU & WANG 2008
Gekko (Japonigekko) wenxianensis — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Japonigekko) wenxianensis — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionChina (Qinling Mts in Gansu)

Type locality: China, Gansu Province, Wenxian County, Danbao Village on the south slope of the west Qinling Mts, 32°51’N; 104°46’E, elevation 905 m  
TypesHolotype: NJNU (also as NNU Z) 2006.013, adult male, Nanjing Normal University; collected by J.Y. Zhang, 2 August 2006. Paratypes. NJNU = NNU Z 2006.001–012, Z 2006.014–043), 21 males and 21 females; same data and collector as for holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Gekko wenxianensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: body size moderate; nostril in contact with rostral; dorsal tubercles oval or conical, extending from occiput and temporal region on to back and tail base, lacking on forelimb and thigh; 42–44 ventral scales across belly; short web between the toes; 6–8 precloacal pores in continuous series in male; tailbase with 2–3 (usually 2) cloacal spurs on each side. From their most morphologically similar con- gers they can be distinguished by: the lack of forelimb and thigh tubercles from G. japonicus; usually 2 cloacal spurs (versus mostly 3 in G. japonicus and G. taibaiensis, and 1 in G. hokouensis); and a continuous series of precloacal pores in males (versus left and right series separated by a single scale in G. taibaiensis). 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a latinization of the name Wenxian, Gansu Province, China. 
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2017. A new karst dwelling species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 4263 (1): 179-193 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; YING-YONG WANG, JIAN-HUAN YANG, TANJA LEHMANN, MINH DUC LE, THOMAS ZIEGLER, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI 2013. A new species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the border region between China and Vietnam. Zootaxa 3652 (5): 501–518 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Wood Jr, Perry L.; Xianguang Guo, Scott L. Travers, Yong-Chao Su, Karen V. Olson, Aaron M. Bauer, L. Lee Grismer, Cameron D. Siler, Robert G. Moyle, Michael J. Andersen, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. bioRxiv 717520 [preprint] - get paper here
  • Wood, P. L., Guo, X., Travers, S. L., Su, Y. C., Olson, K. V., Bauer, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Siler, C. D., Moyle, R. G., Andersen, M. J. and Brown, R. M. 2020. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 146: 106731 [corrigendum: MPE 164: 107255] - get paper here
  • Zhou, Kaiya & Wang, Qiuxian 2008. New species of Gekko (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from China: morphological and molecular evidence. Zootaxa 1778: 59-68 - get paper here
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