Gonatodes timidus KOK, 2011
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Gonatodes timidus KOK 2011|
|Distribution||C 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).
|Reproduction||oviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: IRSNB 2664|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: The new taxon is mainly distinguished from all known congeners by the following combination of characters: moderate body size, absence of a clearly differentiated elongate supraciliary spine, absence of clusters of distinctly enlarged conical scales on sides, escutcheon scales on posterior belly and ventral surfaces of thighs in males evident, three to four lateral rows of scales on distal part of fingers and toes, medial subcaudal scales distinctly differentiated from adjacent scales on non-regenerated tail (in a 1’1” sequence), and obvious sexual dichroma- tism, the males having the upper surface of the head black with bluish white to vivid yellow irregular stripes and blotches.|
Sympatry: sympatric, but never syntopic, with Gonatodes alexandermendesi.
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The 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.|
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