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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 
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
  • 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 - 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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