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Gonatodes alexandermendesi COLE & KOK, 2006

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymGonatodes alexandermendesi COLE & KOK 2006 
DistributionGuyana (drainage system of the Konawaruk River, Kaieteur National Park, on the Potaro River), Venezuela

Type locality: Magdalen’s Creek Camp, near (ca. 275 m north) the northwest bank of the Konawaruk River (ca. 40 km [linear] WSW Mabura Hill), 120 m elevation, 5°13’07’’N, 59°02’43’’W, in WGS 84. The Konawaruk River flows into the western side of the Essequibo River to the south of the Potaro River confluence.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH R-151805, an adult male collected on 8–9 March 1998 by C.J.C., Carol R. Townsend, Deokie (Jackie) Arjoon, Gerald King, and Wesley King. 
CommentBehavior: mainly diurnal 
EtymologyNamed after Mr. Alexander Mendes, a third-generation Guyanese from the capital city, Georgetown, who also manages Dubulay Ranch on the Berbice River. Mr. Mendes is an important member of the business community of Guyana and,among other things, an active conservationist, explorer, and adventurer, who is keenly interested in ethical and responsible nationbuilding. For the last five field trips of C.J.C. and Carol R. Townsend to Guyana, Mr. Mendes provided invaluable advice, logistical support, and security, with consistent reliability, while being ever anxious himself to learn about new discoveries. 
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  • SCHARGEL, WALTER E.; GILSON A.RIVAS,ROBERT MAKOWSKY,J.CELSA SEÑARIS,MARCO A. NATERA, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR R. MOLINA & CÉSAR L. BARRIO-AMORÓS 2010. Phylogenetic systematics of the genus Gonatodes (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) in the Guayana region, with description of a new species from Venezuela. Systematics and Biodiversity 8 (3): 321–339 - get paper here
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