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Hemidactylus gleadowi MURRAY, 1884

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesGleadow’s House Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus gleadowi MURRAY 1884: 260
Hemidactylus gleadovii — BOULENGER 1885: 129
Hemidactylus gleadovii — STUART 1908: 688
Hemidactylus gleadowi — MAHONY 2011 

Type locality: “Rantah forests in Sind, (Jerruck Division)”, Pakistan, (25°3’0”N, 68°15’0”E).  
TypesNeotype: BMNH 1884.7.25.8, designated by MAHONY 2011. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Hemidactylus gleadowi can be distinguished from all currently described South and Southeast Asian members of Hemidactylus based on the following combination of characters: adult SVL to 43.1 mm; TrL/ SVL 39.9–41.9%; HL/SVL 30–30.2%; ear opening oval; primary postmental shield width is subequal to that of the first infralabial, secondary pair broadly in contact with second infralabials; tubercles of the parietal region are of subequal size to largest canthal scales; 17–18 regular longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles, largest 12–14 times size of surrounding granules; two series of 12–13 precloacal-femoral pores separated medially by a diastema of one non-pore-bearing scale, size subequal to pore-bearing scales, scale row bordering anteriorly the precloacal-femoral pore series of subequal size to pore-bearing scales; 4–5 lamellae under digit I and seven under digit IV of pes, sub- digital lamellae mostly divided on digit IV of manus and pes, enlarged lamellae series under digit IV of pes absent on the basal 20% of digit length; tail oval in cross-section without lateral denticulation, TailD/TailW 71.7–84%, tubercles on proximal tail portion form short recurved conical spines, subcaudals completely transverse the tail width on the distal third of original tail; two very small, bluntly conical cloacal spurs [from MAHONY 2011]. 
CommentSynonymy: has been considered as a synonym of H. brooki, but revalidated by MAHONY 2011. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym after Mr. F. Gleadow, Deputy Conservator of Forests and collector of the original type specimens described by J. A. Murray. 
  • 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
  • Mahony, Stephen 2011. Taxonomic revision of Hemidactylus brookii Gray: a re-examination of the type series and some Asian synonyms, and a discussion of the obscure species Hemidactylus subtriedrus Jerdon (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 3042: 37–67 - get paper here
  • Murray, J. A. 1884. Additions to the reptilian fauna of Sind. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 14: 106—111. - get paper here
  • Stuart, G.A.D. 1908. Abnormal tail in a Lizard (Hemidactylus gleadovii). J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 688-689 - get paper here
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