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Goniurosaurus yingdeensis WANG, YANG & CUI, 2010

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesYingde Leopard Gecko 
SynonymGoniurosaurus yingdeensis WANG, YANG & CUI 2010 
DistributionChina (Guangdong)

Type locality: in a valley with a stream (113° 18’ 21.22’’ E, 24° 24’ 20.5’’ N; 137 m elevation) at a distance of 200 m from Guoshanyao Village, Yingde, Guangdong Province, China Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SYS r000504, adult male (Figs. 1A and 2), collected by J-HY and Qing Du on 16 May 2009.
Paratopotypes.—Five specimens from the same locality as holotype: SYSr000501 (Fig. 1D) and SYSr000502 (Fig. 1E), adult male, collected by J-HY and Sheng Zheng on 9 May 2009; SYSr000503, adult male, collected by J-HY and Qing Du on 16 May 2009; SYSr000535, adult female; and SYSr000536, juvenile female, collected by J-HY and Sheng Zheng on 28 June 2009. 
CommentDiagnosis.—A Goniurosaurus, characterized by the combination of the following characters: (1) TaL and SVL almost equal in adult with original tail, TaL significantly shorter than SVL in individuals with regenerated tail; (2) 10–13 precloacal pores only in a transverse continuous ventral series; femoral pores absent; (3) deep axillary pockets present; (4) the base of claws being sheathed by four scales, two lateral scales of claw short conchoidal; (5) thin, cream colored, posteriorly rounded nuchal loop; (6) five thin, cream colored, and immaculate body bands between the nuchal loop and the caudal constriction; (7) region posterior to vent greatly swollen in males, slightly swollen in females; (8) chin, throat, thorax, and ventral surfaces of limbs white, dark brown spots present, ventral surfaces of body dull white, interspersed with dark brown scales, dark brown lateral spots on belly; (9) anterior caudal bands complete, posterior caudal bands incomplete; regenerated tail with white irregular stripes; and (10) iris gray, becoming orange near pupil (Fig. 3 in WANG et al. 2010). Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. can be differentiated from all other congeners by having 10–13 precloacal pores as opposed to 16–21 in G. catbaensis, 18–22 in G. araneus, 21–31 in G. lichtenfelderi, 23–29 in G. luii, 25–28 in G. huuliensis, 26–32 in G. hainanensis, 37–46 in G. bawanglingensis, lacking precloacal pores in G. kuroiwae group (G. kuroiwae, G. yamashinae, G. splendens, G. orientalis, and G. toyamai); five body bands between the nuchal loop and the caudal constriction as opposed to three (or four) in all other species that have body bands; base of claws sheathed by scales, two lateral scales of claw short conchoidal as opposed to claws sheathed by scales, two lateral scales long, narrow and curved in G. catbaensis, G. huuliensis, G. bawanglingensis, G. luii, G. araneus, G. hainanensis, G. lichtenfelderi, unsheathed claws in G. kuroiwae group. The new species further differs from other Goniurosaurus as follows (also see Table 1). Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. differs from G. huuliensis in having SVL 75.9– 95.6 mm (vs. 108.72–117.34 mm in G. huuliensis); granular scales surrounding dorsal tubercles (GST) 9–11 (vs. 12–13 in G. huuliensis), and eyelid fringe scales (CIL) 49–57 (vs. 41–44 in G. huuliensis). Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. differs from G. luii in the narrow white caudal bands (eight or fewer transverse caudal scale rows) as opposed to wide (10 or more scale rows) white caudal bands; supralabials eight to nine (8.9 6 0.3) as opposed to 9–12 (9.5 6 0.55); and infralabials eight to nine (8.3 6 0.8) as opposed to 9–11 (10.0 6 0.63). Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. differs from G. araneus in possessing enlarged tubercles of supraorbital as opposed to absent; dorsal body scales granular as opposed to elongated; and narrow white caudal bands as opposed to wide bands. Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. differs from G. bawanglingensis in body bands being immaculate as opposed to having dark spots; infralabials/sublabials cream colored with dark mottling as opposed to immaculate; and enlarged tubercles of supraorbital present as opposed to absent. Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. differs from G. catbaensis in nuchal loop rounded posteriorly as opposed to posteriorly protracted; lateral spots on belly present as opposed to absent; and postrostrals (or internasals) two to three (2.5 6 0.5) as opposed to absent. Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. differs from the G. lichtenfelderi group in that rows of enlarged supraorbital tubercles present as opposed to absent; infralabials/sublabials cream colored with dark mottlings as opposed to unicolor brown; white caudal bands narrow as opposed to wide; faint white mottlings in caudal bands interspaces present as opposed to absent; lateral spots on belly present as opposed to absent. It further differs from G. hainanensis in possessing deep axillary pockets as opposed to being absent. Goniurosaurus yingdeensis sp. n. differs from the G. kuroiwae group (G. kuroiwae, G. yamashinae, G. splendens, G. orientalis, and G. toyamai) in having rows of enlarged supraorbital tubercles present possessing deep axillary pockets; and infralabials/sublabials cream colored with dark mottlings; lateral spots on belly present [from WANG et al. 2010]. 
EtymologyEtymology.—The specific name derived from the type locality, Yingde, China. 
References
  • Chen, Tian-Bo; Yuan-Jun Meng, Ke Jiang,, Pi-Peng Li, Bo-Hao Wen, Wenhua Lu, James Lazell, and Mian Hou 2014. New Record of the Leopard Gecko Goniurosaurus araneus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) for China and habitat partitioning between geographically and Phylogenetically Close Leopard Geckos. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 21 (1): 16–27
  • EINSFELDER, L. 2016. Haltung und Nachzucht von Goniurosaurus yingdeensis (Sauria: Gekkota: Eublepharidae) im Terrarium Sauria 38 (4): 19-26 - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and L. Lee Grismer 2013. A New Species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from Libo, Guizhou Province, China. Herpetologica 69 (2): 214-226. - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and Rong-Feng Cui 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF GONIUROSAURUS (SQUAMATA: EUBLEPHARIDAE) FROM YINGDE, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA. Herpetologica 66 (2): 229 - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Meng-Jie Jin, Yu-Long Li, and L. Lee Grismer 2014. Description of a New Species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from the Guangdong Province, China, Based on Molecular and Morphological Data. Herpetologica Sep 2014, Vol. 70, No. 3: 309-322. - get paper here
 
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