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Goniurosaurus gezhi ZHU, HE & LI, 2020

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Gezhi Cave Gecko 
SynonymGoniurosaurus gezhi ZHU, HE & LI in ZHU et al. 2020: 214
Goniurosaurus gezhi — ZHU et al. 2021 
DistributionChina (SW Guangxi)

Type locality: SW Guangxi Province, China, 100–200 m in altitude; exact locality withheld because of conservation concerns, available to qualified researchers upon request.  
TypesHolotype. ECNU V0038, adult male. Collected during April, 2019 by Zhu Xiao-Yu & He Zhu-Qing.
Paratypes. Two adult males ECNU-V0040 and ECNU-V0042, same data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Goniurosaurus gezhi sp. nov. differs from other congeners by a combination of the following characters: small size (SVL 70.58–83.78 mm in adults); one nuchal loop, three body bands, and one postsacral band; number of precloacal pores 18–20; body color orange or yellow in life (ZHU et al. 2020).

Coloration. Dorsal ground color of head, body and limbs grey, bearing irregularly shaped small black blotches, black blotches on head and near closely spaced; iris brown; nuchal loop pale yellow, posterior margin rounded, not pointed; three body bands between limb insertions, one postsacral band on tail base; these bands are pale yellow; ventral surfaces of head, body and limbs dull white; ground color of tail black with irregular white markings (ZHU et al. 2020).

Variation. Measurements and scalation data of the type series are provided in Table 2. Paratypes largely match the overall scalation and coloration characters of the holotype. Paratype ECNU-V0042 has one internasal and the number of precloacal pores is 18. The PostIN and PM of paratype ECNU-V0040 is 5 (ZHU et al. 2020).

Comparisons. Goniurosaurus gezhi sp. nov. differs from G. lichtenfelderi by having three body bands (versus two) It differs from G. luii, G. huuliensis, G. kadoorieorum, G. kwangsiensis, and G. liboensis by having 18–20 precloacal pores as opposed to 23–32 collectively. The new species is smaller in body size (SVL 70.6–83.8 mm) than G. araneus (SVL 115–124 mm) and G. catbaensis (SVL 84.7–111.5 mm) (Table 3). Moreover, the body color of G. gezhi is orange or yellow, while it is brown in G. catbaensis. The new species has several spots on the body, while there are few spots on the body of G. araneus (ZHU et al. 2020). 
CommentCharacter table: Zhu et al. 2021

Distribution: see map in Ngo et al. 2023. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet gezhi is for the Chinese phonetic alphabet 格致, which was noted in ancient Chinese literature Daxue around 2000 years ago. It means researching something carefully and then summarizing the truth behind it. The epithet is a noun in apposition. 
  • Ngo, H. N., Rödder, D., Grismer, L., Nguyen, T. Q., Le, M. D., Qi, S., & Ziegler, T. 2023. Extraordinary diversity among allopatric species in the genus Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae): understanding niche evolution and the need of conservation measures. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-23 - get paper here
  • ZHU, X. Y., LIU, Y. J., BAI, Y., ROMÁN-PALACIOS, C. R. I. S. T. I. A. N., LI, Z., & HE, Z. Q. 2021. Goniurosaurus chengzheng sp. nov., a new species of Leopard Gecko from Guangxi, China (Squamata: Eublepharidae). Zootaxa, 4996(3): 540-554 - get paper here
  • ZHU, XIAO-YU; GUANG-YU CHEN, CRISTIAN ROMÁN-PALACIOS, ZHENG LI, ZHU-QING HE 2020. Goniurosaurus gezhi sp. nov., a new gecko species from Guangxi, China (Squamata: Eublepharidae). Zootaxa 4852 (2): 211–222 - get paper here
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