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Hemidactylus aemulus KUMAR, SRINIVASULU & SRINIVASULU, 2022

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Emulous leaf-toed gecko / Emulous rock gecko. 
SynonymHemidactylus aemulus KUMAR, SRINIVASULU & SRINIVASULU 2022: 316 
DistributionIndia (Telangana)

Type locality: Chandanapalli (17.102500° N, 79.316944° E; 219 m a.s.l.), near Panagal, Nalgonda District, Telangana State, India  
TypesHolotype. NHMOU.REP.H107.2015, adult male; collected by Gandla Chethan Kumar & Krishna Prasad Kante on 1st October, 2015.
Paratypes. NHMOU.REP.H106.2015, adult male & NHMOU.REP.H105.2015, adult female, other details as in holotype; NHMOU.REP.H55.2015, adult male, Chaya Someshwara Temple (17.0775° N, 79.2951° E; 210 m a.s.l.), Udayasamudram, Nalgonda District, Telangana State, India, other details as in holotype.
Additional material. NHMOU.REP.H57.2015, adult male, Fab city (17.19380° N, 78.49282° E; 603 m a.s.l.), Ranga Reddy, Telangana India; NHMOU.REP.H58.2015, adult male, Khammam Fort ruins, (17.2448° N, 80.1466° E; 142 m a.s.l.), Khammam, Telangana State, India; NHMOU.REP.H56.2015, adult female & NHMOU.REP. H24.2015, adult female, Edulabad, (17.4125° N, 78.7117° E; 452 m a.s.l.), Telangana State, India; NHMOU.REP. H31.2015, adult female, Osmania University, (17.41773° N, 78.5320° E; 521 m a.s.l.), Telangana State, India; NHMOU.REP. H15-2015, adult male, Khammam, (17.24746° N, 80.15245° E; 130 m a.s.l.), Telangana State, India; all collected by Gandla Chethan Kumar, Krishna Prasad Kante and Devender Gundena between 20th September to 19th October, 2015; NHMOU.REP.H76(a), Photo vouchers (Not collected), adult male & NHMOU.REP.H76(b), Photo vouchers (Not collected), adult female, (17.3983° N, 78.5582° E; 506 m a.s.l.), Uppal, Hyderabad, Telangana State, India; information collected by Gandla Chethan Kumar and Sandeep Anne. 
CommentDistribution: see map in Kumar et al. 2023: 313 (Fig. 8) 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a Latin nominative adjective meaning ‘imitating’ or ‘emulating’, due to the forms of this species being highly similar to H. giganteus sensu stricto. 
  • KUMAR, GANDLA CHETHAN; ADITYA SRINIVASULU, CHELMALA SRINIVASULU 2022. Redescription of Hemidactylus giganteus Stoliczka, 1871 with the description of three new allied species (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Hemidactylus Goldfuss, 1820) from peninsular India. Zootaxa 5115 (3): 301-341 - get paper here
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