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Gonatodes timidus KOK, 2011

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymGonatodes timidus KOK 2011 
DistributionC Guyana (Iwokrama Forest Reserve)

Type locality: base of Iwokrama Mountains, Potaro-Siparuni District, Guyana (04° 19’ 52”N, 058° 47’ 58”W, 209 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: IRSNB 2664 
CommentBehavior: diurnal

Sympatry: sympatric, but never syntopic, with Gonatodes alexandermendesi.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific name is considered a noun in apposition and is derived from the Latin adjective timidus meaning “shy” or “fearful”. It refers to the tendency of individuals of the new species to avoid to be seen by hastily escaping between rocks, making them very difficult to collect. 
  • Cole, Charles J.; Carol R. Townsend, Robert P. Reynolds, Ross D. MacCulloch, and Amy Lathrop 2013. Amphibians and reptiles of Guyana, South America: illustrated keys, annotated species accounts, and a biogeographic synopsis. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 125 (4): 317-578; plates: 580-620 - get paper here
  • KOK, PHILIPPE J. R. 2011. A new species of the genus Gonatodes Fitzinger, 1843 (Reptilia: Sphaerodactylidae) from central Guyana, northern South America. Zootaxa 3018: 1–12 - get paper here
  • 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
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