Hemidactylus eniangii WAGNER, LEACHÉ & FUJITA, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus eniangii?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus eniangii WAGNER, LEACHÉ & FUJITA 2014: 5|
Hemidactylus eniangii LEACHÉ & FUJITA 2010 (nom. nud.)
|Distribution||Nigeria, 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.
|Types||Holotype. 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.
|Comment||Habitat. 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).
|Etymology||This species is named in honor of the Nigerian conservation biologist and herpetologist Dr. Edem A. Eniang for his studies on the Nigerian herpetofauna.|
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