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Hemidactylus acanthopholis MIRZA & SANAP, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus acanthopholis MIRZA & SANAP 2014
Hemidactylus cf. acanthopholis — GANESH & ARUMUGAM 2016 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: Tirunelveli District (=Tinnevelly), Tamil Nadu, India Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.23.68 (74.4.29.1050); adult male (91.7mm SVL). coll. Colonel R. H. Beddome.
Paratypes: adult male (82.2mm SVL), BMNH 1946.8.23.67 (74.4.29.1049), Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu, India. coll. Colonel R. H. Beddome; adult male (108.6mm SVL), ZSI 12429, Tirunelveli District (=Tinnevelly), Tamil Nadu, India, purchased from E. Gerard; adult female (85.5mm SVL), BMNH 1946.8.23.69 (74.4.29.1051), Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu, India, coll. Colonel R. H. Beddome; adult female (79.8mm SVL), BNHS 1670, Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu, India, coll. S. P. Vijayakumar. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet ‘acanthopholis’ means spiny scales which refer to the large keeled dorsal tubercles. 
References
  • Ganesh, S. R.; M. Arumugam 2016. Species Richness of Montane Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India: A Historical Resume and a Descriptive Checklist Russ. J. Herpetol. 23 (1): 7-24
  • GIRI, VARAD B.; AARON M. BAUER, PRATYUSH P. MOHAPATRA, CHELMALA SRINIVASULU, ISHAN AGARWAL 2017. A new species of large-bodied, tuberculate Hemidactylus Oken (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Eastern Ghats, India Zootaxa 4347 (2): 331-345 - get paper here
  • Mirza, Zeeshan A.; Harshal Bhosale, Rishikesh Patil 2017. A new large species of gecko of the genus Hemidactylus Oken, 1817 (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the Eastern Ghats, India. Comptes Rendus Biologies - get paper here
  • Mirza, Zeeshan A; Rajesh V Sanap 2014. A new Cryptic species of Gecko of the genus Hemidactylus Oken, 1817 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Southern India. Taprobanica 6 (1): 12-20 - get paper here
 
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