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Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis YANG & CHAN, 2015

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesGuangxi Cave Gecko 
SynonymGoniurosaurus kwangsiensis YANG & CHAN 2015 
DistributionChina (Guangxi)

Type locality: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China; (exact locality withheld; available to qualified researchers upon request).  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. KFBG 14052, adult male. Collected on 5 July 2013 by J.H. Yang.
Paratypes. Three paratypes: two adult females KFBG 14050–51; one adult male KFBG 14053; data identical to the holotype. Coordinates and other standard collecting information were recorded for each type and kept in the KFBG herpetological collection catalog. 
CommentDiagnosis. Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from other congeners by a combination of following characters: medium body size (SVL 97.6–109.1 mm in adults); nuchal loop narrow, posteriorly protracted; three narrow immaculate body bands between limbs insertions, bordered by wide dark bands anteriorly and posteriorly; ground color mottled in adults; dark brown spots on lateral belly absent; mental shield immaculate; iris light orange yellow; supraorbital tubercles slightly enlarged; axillary pockets deep; internasals one or two (usually one); eight or nine nasal scales surrounding naris; 52–58 eyelid fringe scales; 8–10 supralabials, 7–9 infralabials; 122–128 midbody scale rows; 31–33 distinct precloacal pores in males; claws sheathed by four scales, lateral two long and curved; one or two postcloacal tubercles (usually two).

Comparison. Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis sp. nov. differs from the G. kuroiwae species group by having an enlarged row of supraorbital tubercles (versus absent in the kuroiwae group), having deep axillary pockets (versus no such pockets in the kuroiwae group), having nuchal loop posteriorly protracted and lying on the nape of the neck (versus nuchal loop round posteriorly and on the occiput in the kuroiwae group), having 31–33 precloacal pores (versus lacking precloacal pores in the kuroiwae group), having claws are sheathed by four scales (versus claws unsheathed in the kuroiwae group) and a different coloration; it differs from the G. lichtenfelderi species group (G. lichtenfelderi and G. hainanensis) by having an enlarged row of supraorbital tubercles (versus absent in the lichtenfelderi group), having deep axillary pockets (versus no such pockets in the lichtenfelderi group), having the nuchal loop posteriorly protracted and lying on the nape of the neck (versus nuchal loop round posteriorly and on the occiput in the lichtenfelderi group), having three transverse bands between axilla and groin (versus two in lichtenfelderi group) and a different coloration; it differs from G. yingdeensis and G. zhelongi by having nuchal loop posteriorly protracted (versus round posteriorly in yingdeensis and zhelongi), having lateral scales of claw sheaths long and curved (versus short and conchoidal in yingdeensis and zhelongi), 32 precloacal pores (versus 10– 13 precloacal pores in yingdeensis, 9 in zhelongi), and a different coloration.
By having a posteriorly protracted nuchal loop and deep axillary pockets, G. kwangsiensis sp. nov. can be placed in the G. luii species group (comprising G. araneus, G. bawanglingensis, G. catbaensis, G. huuliensis, G. kadoorieorum sp. nov., G. liboensis and G. luii). Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis sp. nov. differs from these seven species by having an enlarged row of supraorbital tubercles (versus absent in bawanglingensis), tubercles between orbits present (versus absent in araneus, catbaensis and huuliensis), one (rarely two) internasal (versus internasal lacking in catbaensis, two in kadoorieorum and two or three in liboensis), granular scales of upper eyelid equal in size of those on the top of head (versus one-half the size in araneus and luii), 31–33 precloacal pores (versus 18–23 in araneus, 37–46 in bawanglingensis, 16–21 in catbaensis, 25–28 in huuliensis, 26–28 in kadoorieorum, 23 in liboensis and 23–29 in luii), infralabials and supralabials mottled (versus immaculate in bawanglingensis), dark blotch on mental shield absent (versus present in huuliensis, kadoorieorum and luii), body bands narrow (versus relatively wider in araneus and kadoorieorum), body bands immaculate (versus mottled with dark spotting in bawanglingensis), adult ground color mottled (versus nearly immaculate in araneus), lateral spotting on belly absent (versus present in catbaensis, huuliensis, kadoorieorum and luii), and iris orange yellow in adults (versus brown in araneus, red brown in huuliensis, and olive green in kadoorieorum). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet “kwangsiensis” is named after its type locality, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China (Kwangsi is the former official name of Guangxi). 
References
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN & BOSCO PUI-LOK CHAN 2015. Two new species of the genus Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Sauria: Eublepharidae) from southern China. Zootaxa 3980 (1): 067–080 - get paper here
 
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