Hemidactylus bavazzanoi LANZA, 1978
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus bavazzanoi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Somali Banded Gecko, Bavazzano’s (Leaf-toed) Gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus bavazzanoi LANZA 1978|
Hemidactylus bavazzanoi — RÖSLER 2000: 85
Hemidactylus bavazzanoi — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 291
Hemidactylus bavazzanoi — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 87
|Distribution||S Somalia (Lugh), S Ethiopia, NE Kenya (Mandera)|
Type locality: ca 20 km SE of Lugh, at ca 03°40’N 42°40’E, Somalia.
|Types||Holotype: MZUF 21886, adult male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. An apparently medium-sized Hemidactylus (body length of the only known adult male=40 mm) with: back covered with small, smooth, subimbricate, slightly heterogeneous scales among which are scat- tered large, strongly keeled, subtrihedral tubercles forming 16-18 more or less regular longitudinal rows; tail subcylindrical, tapering, without any basal constriction and with numerous dorsal keeled tubercles (its length unknown); nostril bordered by rostral, 1st labial and 4 nasals, the uppermost one in contact with its fellow; 9-10 upper and 8 lower labials; 6 subdigital, moderately enlarged lamellae under the 1st and 9 under the 4th toe; male with preanal pores (7 in the only known specimen); a very distinctive dorsal Hemidactylus fasciatus-like black pattern, on a pink ground, consisting of a broad crescentic nuchal band, two transverse bands on the trunk, a transverse band at the base of the tail and some caudal annula.|
|Etymology||“This species, perhaps the finest Somalian Hemidactylus, is respectfully dedicated by its collector Prof. A. M. Simonetta and by the author to the memory of their friend R. Bavazzano, technician of the Istituto Botanico dell'Universita of Florence, an enthusiast and skilled botanist whose research greatly improved our knowledge on the East African flora.”|
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