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Hemidactylus biokoensis WAGNER, LEACHÉ & FUJITA, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesBioko Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus biokoensis WAGNER, LEACHÉ & FUJITA 2014: 9 
DistributionEquatorial Guinea (endemic to Bioko Island)

Type locality: Ureca on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea  
TypesHolotype. ZFMK 9342 (Fig. 5), adult female, collected by Martin Eisentraut between 17.–30. January 1963.
Paratypes. CAS 207624, Equatorial Guinea, Bioko Island, near Malabo (03° 42’ 39.8’’ N, 08° 39’ 59.9’’ E ), collected by L.G. Henwood and J.V. Vindum on 18 October 1998; CAS 207663-4, Equatorial Guinea, Bioko Island, road S of Luba (03° 28’ 06.1’’ N, 08° 29’ 34.2’’ E), collected by L.G. Henwood and J.V. Vindum on 14 October 1998; CAS 207777-8, Equatorial Guinea, Bioko island, ca 3.6 km N (by road) of Luba (03° 28’ 58.9’’ N, 08° 34’ 55.2’’ E); ZFMK 9339-49, same data as the holotype.
CommentHabitat. Only known from coastal areas on Bioko Island where it does not avoid cultural areas (Mertens 1964). Within the Reserva científica de la Caldera de San Car- los is was found in a forest almost immediately adjacent to the beach.
Relationships. This species includes all populations that cluster with those from the Bioko Island with strong sup- port in the Bayesian species delimitation model (Leaché and Fujita, 2010). It is the sister species to H. coalescens, which together form the sister group to H. eniangii sp. n. (Leaché et al. 2014). 
EtymologyThis species is named after Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, where it is endemic. 
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; James F. Parham, Rafe M. Brown, Bryan L. Stuart, Lee Grismer, Theodore J. Papenfuss, Wolfgang Böhme, Jay M. Savage, Salvador Carranza, Jesse L. Grismer,, Philipp Wagner, Andreas Schmitz0, Natalia B. Ananjeva and Robert F. Inger 2010. Availability of new Bayesian-delimited gecko names and the importance of character-based species descriptions. Proc. R. Soc. B - doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1330 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Wagner, P., Leaché, A. & Fujita, M.K. 2014. Description of four new West African forest geckos of the Hemidactylus fasciatus Gray, 1842 complex, revealed by coalescent species delimitation. Bonn zoological Bulletin 63 (1): 1–14 - get paper here
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