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Gonatodes tapajonicus RODRIGUES, 1980

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Para Gecko
Portuguese: Lagartixa 
SynonymGonatodes tapajonicus RODRIGUES 1980
Gonatodes tapajonicus — RÖSLER 2000: 84
Gonatodes tapajonicus — STURARO & AVILA-PIRES 2011 
DistributionBrazil (Para)

Type locality: Brasil, Para, Cachoeira do Limao, Rio Tapajós (04°41’S, 56°21’W).  
TypesHolotype: MZUSP 53676 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A relatively large Gonatodes, with maximum SVL of 55 mm. Scales around midbody 118–133. Ventral scales in a longitudinal row 53–63. Proximal subdigital lamellae as wide as digits, in total 18–22 under fourth finger, 22–27 under fourth toe. Three, occasionally four, lateral rows of scales on distal portion of fingers and toes. Tail with midventral scales distinctly wider than long, forming a repetitive sequence of two single midventrals (one after the other), each in contact laterodistally with one scale per side, followed by a divided (only on proximal portion of tail, when present) or single midventral in contact laterodistally with two laterodistal scales per side (respectively 1’1’2” and 1’1’1”). A white suprahumeral ocellus, bordered by black, present both in males and females, although more conspicuous in males. Males with a vermiculated pattern of light and dark (vivid yellow and reddish brown in life) spots both on head and body dorsally; gular region with dark oblique streaks (yellow with reddish brown streaks in life). 
CommentBehavior: mainly diurnal 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
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  • Gamble, Tony; Andrew M. Simons, Guarino R. Colli and Laurie J. Vitt 2008. Tertiary climate change and the diversification of the Amazonian gecko genus Gonatodes (Sphaerodactylidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46 (1): 269-277 - get paper here
  • Gonzalez R. C. et al. 2020. Lista dos Nomes Populares dos Répteis no Brasil – Primeira Versão. Herpetologia Brasileira 9 (2): 121 – 214 - get paper here
  • RIBEIRO-JÚNIOR, MARCO A. 2015. Catalogue of distribution of lizards (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Brazilian Amazonia. II. Gekkonidae, Phyllodactylidae, Sphaerodactylidae. Zootaxa 3981 (1): 001–055 - get paper here
  • Ribeiro-Júnior, Marco A. & Silvana Amaral 2016. Diversity, distribution, and conservation of lizards (Reptilia: Squamata) in the Brazilian Amazonia. Neotropical Biodiversity, 2:1, 195-421 - get paper here
  • Rodrigues M T 1980. Descricao de uma nova especie de Gonatodes da Amazonia (Sauria, Gekkonidae). PAPEIS AVULSOS DE ZOOLOGIA (SAO PAULO) 33(21) 1980: 309-314
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • STURARO, MARCELO JOSÉ & TERESA C.S. AVILA-PIRES 2011. Taxonomic revision of the geckos of the Gonatodes concinnatus complex (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae), with description of two new species. Zootaxa 2869: 1–36 - get paper here
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