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Gonatodes rozei RIVERO-BLANCO & SCHARGEL, 2012

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesS: Limpiacasa
E: Roze’s gecko 
SynonymGonatodes rozei RIVERO-BLANCO & SCHARGEL 2012 
DistributionVenezuela (Miranda, Anzoátegui, Guárico, Vargas)

Type locality: 3 km SW of Araguita (10 12’58’’ N, 66 29’07’’ W; ca. 150 m asl), near limit of Guatopo National Park, Miranda, Venezuela Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MHNLS 20780, an adult male, collected by G. Rivas and W. Schargel, September 17, 2006.
Paratypes (n=39). VENEZUELA: MIRANDA: 32.9 Km N of Altagracia de Orituco, Guatopo National Park: TCWC 59300–59306. Guatopo National Park: MBUCV 5044, MHNLS 1666–1669, 1674–1677, 2082. GUÁRICO: 5 km E of “Puesto La Colonia,” Guatopo National Park: TCWC 59319–59320. 25.2 km N of Altagracia de Orituco, Guatopo National Park: TCWC 59318. Hacienda La Elvira, Guatopo National Park: UTA 60126, TCWC 59309–59317, 59321. 
CommentThis is a highly variable species with four main color morphs in males.

History: Gonatodes rozei has been known among herpetologists for more than 30 years and it has been frequently collected near the city of Caracas. The name G. rozei was used in the first author’s unpublished PhD dissertation (Rivero-Blanco 1979) but, even though herpetologists have used the name informally over internet gecko forums, to our knowledge it has never appeared in the scientific literature. 
EtymologyWe take great pleasure in naming the new species after Dr. Janis Roze, a pioneer of Venezuelan herpetology and a mentor to the first author for many years. 
References
  • RIVERO-BLANCO, CARLOS & WALTER E. SCHARGEL 2012. A strikingly polychromatic new species of Gonatodes (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from northern Venezuela. Zootaxa 3518: 66–78 - get paper here
  • Señaris, J. Celsa; María Matilde Aristeguieta Padrón, Haidy Rojas Gil y Fernando J. M. Rojas-Runjaic 2018. Guía ilustrada de los anfibios y reptiles del valle de Caracas, Venezuela. Ediciones IVIC, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC). Caracas, Venezuela. 348 pp.
 
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