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Hemidactylus aquilonius MCMAHAN & ZUG, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesChinese: 缅北蜥虎 
SynonymHemidactylus aquilonius MCMAHAN & ZUG 2007 
DistributionMyanmar (Kachin, Chatthin, Alaungdaw Kathapa), China (Yunnan), India (Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakand, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura), Laos (Rösler & Scheidt 2013)

Type locality: Myanmar, Kachin state, He Pu village (25° 06’ 14’’ N, 96° 21’ 55’’ E), Mohnyin township.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 233019 
CommentSynonymy: This species has been previously considered as H. bowringii and likely was listed as such in the older literature. 
Etymologyafter Latin “aquilonius” for “northern”, referring to the location of the type locality in N Myanmar. 
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Todd R. Jackman, Eli Greenbaum, Varad B. Giri, Anslem de Silva 2010. South Asia supports a major endemic radiation of Hemidactylus geckos. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57 (1): 343-352 - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil & Abhijit Das 2017. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 176 pp.
  • Das, Madhurima, Parimal C. Bhattacharjee and Jayaditya Purkayastha. 2015. Addition of Hemidactylus aquilonius (McMahan & Zug, 2007) to the state fauna for four states of Northeast India. Hamadryad 37 (1-2): 124-127 - get paper here
  • Das, Madhurima; Rajeev K. Brahma and Jayaditya Purkayastha, 2011. More in our mind than in their mouth? A preliminary inspection inside the oral cavity of two house Geckos: Hemidactylus frenatus Schlegel, 1836 and Hemidactylus aquilonius McMahan & Zug, 2007. Herpetology Notes 4: 303-306 - get paper here
  • Mahananda, P., S.N. Jelil, S.C. Bohra, N. Mahanta, R.B. Saikia & J. Purkayastha 2023. Terrestrial vertebrate and butterfly diversity of Garbhanga Landscape, Assam, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 15(4): 23029–23046 - get paper here
  • McMahan, C.D. & Zug, G.R. 2007. Burmese Hemidactylus (Reptilia, Squamata, Gekkonidae): geographic variation in the morphology of Hemidactylus bowringii in Myanmar and Yunnan, China. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 58 (23-30): 485-509
  • Purkayastha J. 2013. An Amateur’s Guide to Reptiles of Assam. EBH Publishers (India) - get paper here
  • Purkayastha, J. 2018. Urban biodiversity: an insight into the terrestrial vertebrate diversity of Guwahati, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 10(10): 12299–12316; - get paper here
  • Purkayastha, Jayaditya; Madhurima Das, Aaron M. Bauer, Saibal Sengupta and Sushil K Dutta 2010. Notes on the Hemidactylus Bowringii complex (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in India, and a change to the national herpetofaunal list. Hamadryad 35 (1): 20 – 27 - get paper here
  • Ranade, Sachin; Jayaditya Purkayastha 2020. Cannibalism in the Kachin Smooth Gecko, Hemidactylus aquilonius Zug and McMahan 2007 (Squamata: Gekkonidae), from Assam, India. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 27 (3): 514 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert & UlricH scheidt 2013. Die herpetologische Sammlung des Naturkundemuseums Erfurt. 1. Teil: Verzeichnis der Geckos (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkota). Vernate 32: 235-256
  • Wang K, Lyu ZT, Wang J, Qi S, Che J 2022. Updated Checklist and Zoogeographic Division of the Reptilian Fauna of Yunnan Province, China. Biodiversity Science 30 (4): 21326, 1–31 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Zhang, D. H. H. H. D., & Rao, N. X. D. 2022. Diversity of amphibians and reptiles in Yunnan regions of the Yunling Mountains. Biodiversity Science, 22316 - get paper here
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