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Hemidactylus eniangii WAGNER, LEACHÉ & FUJITA, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus eniangii WAGNER, LEACHÉ & FUJITA 2014: 5
Hemidactylus eniangii LEACHÉ & FUJITA 2010 (nom. nud.) 
DistributionNigeria, N Cameroon

Type locality: Nigeria, Cross River State, Cross River National Park, Oban Hills Sector, Southern Portion, Erokut Park entry gate, 05.3639° N, 08.43341° E, 143 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. MVZ 253215 (Fig. 3), adult male, collected by Adam D. Leaché, Anne M. Leaché, and Edem A. Eniang on 6 April 2006.
Paratypes. MVZ 253213, 253214, same data as the holotype. 
CommentHabitat. This is a nocturnal species. Mertens (1938) men- tioned the gecko as very common in rainforests of lower elevations (400–550m) at Mount Cameroon, but also found one specimen in a small hut outside the forest (Wagner et al. 2014).

Relationships. This species includes all populations that cluster with those presented by Leaché & Fujita (2010) from the northern portion of the Congolian rainforest (east- ern Nigeria and northern Cameroon) with strong support in the Bayesian species delimitation model. The SNP loci used by Leaché et al. (2014) provide strong support plac- ing this taxon sister to H. coalescens sp. n. and H. biokoen- sis sp. n. This topology contradicts the Leaché and Fuji- ta (2010) study, which suggests a close relationship be- tween H. eniangii sp. n. and H. biokoensis sp. n. (Wagner et al. 2014). 
EtymologyThis species is named in honor of the Nigerian conservation biologist and herpetologist Dr. Edem A. Eniang for his studies on the Nigerian herpetofauna. 
References
  • 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
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • 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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