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Hemidactylus depressus GRAY, 1842

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesSriLanka Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus depressus GRAY 1842: 58
Nubilia argentii GRAY 1845: 273 (fide SMITH 1935)
Hemidactylus depressus — BOULENGER 1885: 134
Hemidactylus depressus — SMITH 1935: 91
Hemidactylus depressus — TAYLOR 1953: 1544
Hemidactylus depressus — WERMUTH 1965: 73
Hemidactylus depressus — KLUGE 1993
Hemidactylus depressus — RÖSLER 2000: 85
Hemidactylus depressus — KARUNARATHNA & AMARASINGHE 2011 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: in error (see comment)
Type locality: restricted to Ceylon (by TAYLOR 1953 for Nubilia argentii)  
TypesLectotype: BMNH RR 1962.190 (designated by BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2012); former Syntype: BMNH XXI.22.b. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Hemidactylus depressus differs from its peninsular-Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by the combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 76.5 mm; paired postmentals broadly in contact each other; each postmental bounded by 3 scales including medial scale; tubercles in paravertebral row, from occipital region to midsacrum, 35–41; longitudinal rows of middorsal tubercles, 13–16; ventral scales across midbody, 28–36; dorsal scales heterogeneous; ventrals smooth; femoral pores, 15–19 on each side, separated mesially by 2–4 scales; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged; supralabials to angle of jaws, 9–14; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 10–11; coloration in life yellowish brown; midbody (from nape to sacrum) with 5 dark markings; venter white or yellow; yellow lateral band on head. [BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2012]. 
CommentThe type locality given by GRAY (1842) was “Madagascar”.

Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009. 
  • Amarasinghe, A. A. T., A. M. Bauer, I. Ineich, J. Rudge, M. M. Bahir & D. E. Gabadage 2009. The original descriptions and figures of Sri Lankan gekkonid lizards (Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Taprobanica 1 (2): 83-106 - get paper here
  • Batuwita, Sudesh; & Rohan Pethiyagoda 2012. Rediscovery of the Sri Lankan ‘house gecko’ Hemidactylus pieresii Kelaart (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) with a redescription of Hemidactylus depressus Gray. Zootaxa 3359: 17–30 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Botejue, W. Madhava S.; Jayantha Wattavidanage 2012. Herpetofaunal diversity and distribution in Kalugala proposed forest reserve, Western province of Sri Lanka. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 5 (2): 65-80(e38). - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1842. Description of some new species of Reptiles, chiefly from the British Museum collection. Zoological Miscellany 2: 57-59. - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - get paper here
  • JAYANETHTHI, H.B., MADURAPPERUMA, P.L., VELAUTHEM, A.V., BALASURIYA, N.H. & JABLONSKI, D. 2015. Bewertung der Verbreitung des Schuppenfingergeckos Lepidodactylus lugubris (DUMERIL & BIBRON, 1836) in Sri Lanka. Sauria 37 (2): 17 - 26 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (02): 69-76
  • Kelaart, E.E 1852. Prodromus Faunae Zeylanicae. Vol. 1. Part 3: Ceylon Reptiles Colombo, pp. 143-187. - get paper here
  • Kelaart, EDWARD FRED 1854. Catalogue of reptiles collected in Ceylon. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (2) 13: 137-140 - get paper here
  • Rösler H 2016. Bemerkungen über einige Geckoarten der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota Suppl. 3: 1-94
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Smith,M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Srikanthan, Achyuthan N.; Gandla Chethan Kumar, Aishwarya J. Urs & Sumaithangi Rajagopalan Ganesh 2018. Appearances are deceptive: molecular phylogeny recovers the Scaly Gecko Hemidactylus scabriceps (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) as a member of a scansorial and rupicolous clade. JoTT 10 (9): 12147–12162 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1953. A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 35 (12): 1525-1585 - get paper here
  • Wickramasinghe, Mendis & Ruchira Somaweera 2002. Distribution and Current Status of the Endemic Geckos of Sri Lanka. Gekko 3 (1): 2-13
  • Wickramasinghe, Mendis and Ruchira Somaweera. 2008. Changes in the distribution ranges of the Sri Lankan Hemidactylus species. Gekko 5 (2): 44-60
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