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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Perijá Lichen-Gecko
S: Tuqueque Liquenoso de Perija 
SynonymGonatodes lichenosus ROJAS-RUNJAIC, INFANTE-RIVERO, CABELLO & VELOZO 2010 
DistributionVenezuela (Zulia)

Type locality: Manastara, Yukpa indigenous community, Río Negro basin, Parque Nacional Sierra de Perijá, Municipio Machiques de Perijá, Sierra de Perijá, Estado Zulia, Venezuela (10°02’52.0”N, 72°48’42.8”W; elevation 1132 m asl),  
TypesHolotype: MHNLS 19116, adult male (field number SP191), collected on 18 March 2009, by Fernando J. M. Rojas-Runjaic, Pedro Cabello, and Pablo Velozo. 
CommentBehavior: mainly diurnal

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet lichenosus is a Latin adjective (masculine) derived from lichen- (Latin name for composite organisms made up from symbiotic association of a fungus with a photosynthetic partner algae or cyanobacteria) + -osus (an adjectival suffix meaning “full of”). The name was given in allusion to the aspect of the dorsal color pattern (particularly on the head) of this species that resembles the complex color designs of lichens covering the bark of trees and rock surfaces in environments with high humidity. 
  • 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
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
  • ROJAS-RUNJAIC, FERNANDO J. M.; EDWIN E. INFANTE-RIVERO, PEDRO CABELLO & PABLO VELOZO 2010. A new non-sexually dichromatic species of the genus Gonatodes (Sauria: Sphaerodactylidae) from Sierra de Perijá, Venezuela. Zootaxa 2671: 1–16 - get paper here
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