Gonatodes rozei RIVERO-BLANCO & SCHARGEL, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gonatodes rozei?
|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||S: Limpiacasa|
E: Roze’s gecko
|Synonym||Gonatodes rozei RIVERO-BLANCO & SCHARGEL 2012|
|Distribution||Venezuela (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
|Types||Holotype: 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.
|Comment||This 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 The name G. rozei was used in the first author’s unpublished PhD dissertation (Rivero-Blanco 1979) but, even though herpetologists have used the name informally over internet gecko forums, to our knowledge it has never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.
|Etymology||We 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.|
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