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Goniurosaurus kuroiwae (NAMIYE, 1912)

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesGoniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae NAMIYE 1912
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae sengokui HONDA & OTA 2017 
Common NamesE: Kuroiwa's eyelid gecko, Kuroiwa’s Leopard Gecko, Tokashiki Gecko
G: Okinawa-Krallengecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus albofasciatus kuroiwae NAMIYE 1912
Eublepharis orientalis — OKADA 1936
Gymnodactylus albofasciatus kuroiwae - OKADA 1958: 104
Eublepharis kuroiwae — WERMUTH 1965: 28
Eublepharis kuroiwae kuroiwae - NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1963
Amamisaurus kuroiwae — BÖRNER 1981
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae — GRISMER 1987: 44
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae — SEUFER et al. 2005

Goniurosaurus kuroiwae sengokui HONDA & OTA 2017
Eublepharis kuroiwae orientalis — NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1963 (part)
Eublepharis kuroiwae orientalis — SENGOKU 1979 (part)
Amamisaurus orientalis orientalis — BÖRNER 1981 (part)
Eublepharis kuroiwae orientalis — TOYAMA et al., 1984 (part)
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae — GRISMER 1987 (part)
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae — GRISMER 1988 (part)
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis — OTA 1989 (part)
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis — TOYAMA & OTA 1991 (part).
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis — GRISMER et al., 1994 (part).
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis — TANAKA 1996 (part)
Goniurosaurus orientalis — GRISMER 2002 (part)
Goniurosaurus orientalis — DICKHOFF 2004 (part)
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis — WERNER et al., 2004 (part)
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis — TANAKA 2005 (part)
Goniurosaurus orientalis — SEUFER et al., 2005 (part)
Goniurosaurus orientalis — ZIEGLER et al., 2008 (part)
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis — OTA 2010 (part) 
DistributionJapan (Okinawajima, Sesokojima, and Kourijima)

Type locality: Ryukyu Islands
Type locality: Mt. Taniyo-dake, Haneji, Kunigami-gun, Okinawajima (fide OTA 1989).

sengokui: Tokashikijima, Okinawa Island Group, Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan; Type locality: “Tokashiki (ca. 26.2° N, 127.4° E), Tokashikijima, Okinawa Island Group, Central Ryukyus, Japan”  
TypesHolotype: NSMT H022525
Holotype: NSMT-H 10808 (formerly Satoshi Tanaka’s Private Collection [TPN] 78080509 listed in Grismer et al. [1994]), an adult male, collected in 5th August 1978, collected by Satoshi Tanaka. Paratypes: 37 paratypes as listed in HONDA & OTA 2017 [sengokui] 
CommentSynonymy: Gymnodactylus yamashinae OKADA 1936 has been synonymized with G. k. orientalis by NAKAMURA & UANO (1963) and OTA 1989. Both forms have been confused often. Synonymy of sengokui from HONDA & OTA 2017.

Subspecies: Many recent authors consider all previous subspecies of Goniurosaurus kuroiwae as valid species. Honda et al. (2014) found substantial genetic divergence between G. k. splendens from the Amami Island Group and the remaining subspecies all from the Okinawa Island Group; and at least six independent lineages within the latter, indicating non-monophyly for two of the subspecies, G. k. kuroiwae and G. k. orientalis.

Diagnosis (sengokui): Goniurosaurus k. sengokui subsp. nov. is distinguishable from all other Ryukyu taxa of the genus as follows. It differs from G. k. yamashinae in showing lineate tendency of middorsal patterns at least in the anterior body, darker, more or less reddish iris and dorsal pattern; from G. splendens also in showing lineate tendency of middorsal patterns at least in the anterior body, as well as mottlings in interspaces between successive transverse body bands, and by lacking sharply keeled tubercles, juxtaposed ventrals and the posteriormost body band extending onto hindlimbs; from G. k. toyamai also in showing lineate tendency of middorsal patterns at least in the anterior body, as well as mottlings in interspaces between successive transverse body bands, and by lacking robust body; from G. k. kuroiwae in having dorsal bands; and from G. k. orientalis in showing more or less reddish or pinkish tint in live coloration of dorsal body pattern and iris (Figure 2 D–F).

Conservation: A new extinct subspecies from Yoronjima Island (Ryukyu Archipelago) was recently described as Goniurosaurus kuroiwae yunnu Nakamura, Takahashi and Ota 2014. 
EtymologyThe subspecific epithet, “sengokui”, noun in genitive case, derives from the last name of late Mr. Showichi Sengoku, honoring his great contribution to the enhancement of social awareness and appreciation of wildlife including reptiles in Japan. 
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