Hemidactylus gujaratensis GIRI, BAUER, VYAS & PATIL, 2009
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus gujaratensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Gujarat gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus gujaratensis GIRI, BAUER, VYAS & PATIL 2009|
Hemidactylus gujaratensis — LAJMI et al. 2018
Type locality: Vagheshwari Mata Temple, Junagadh City, Junagadh District, Saurashtra Peninsula, Gujarat, Gujarat, India (21°31.3489’N, 70°28.8639E, 179 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: BNHM 1818, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), an adult female, collected by Sunny Patil and Raju Vyas on 27 October 2007.|
|Comment||This medium-sized, chiefly rupicolous gecko may be distinguished from its south Asian congeners by having 12–16 rows of irregularly arranged, flattened to weakly conical dorsal tubercles, 7–9 subdigital lamellae on digit I of the pes and 10–11 on digit IV, and 12–14 femoral pores on each thigh separated by a median diastema.|
This is the second Hemidactylus currently regarded as endemic to Gujarat and the 10th member of the genus recorded for the state, despite the fact that it is more closely related to SE Asian species of Hemidactylus (Lajmi et al. 2018).
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||Etymology.—The species is named for the western Indian state of Gujarat.|