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Hemidactylus inexpectatus CARRANZA & ARNOLD, 2012

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus inexpectatus CARRANZA & ARNOLD 2012: 59 
DistributionOman (Gulf of Masirah, West of Barr al Hikman, Hammar-an-Nafur island)

Type locality: 2.5 km Southeast of Ar Rumayliyah, 20.3319’N 57.78989’E, elevation 65 m.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 2008.711, male, collected on the 29th of October 2008 by S. Carranza, E.N. Arnold and S. Alrabiei (MorphoBank M100257–M100280). Paratypes: BMNH2008.712, male, same collecting data as Holotype (MorphoBank M100233–M100256); IBES1798, male, same collecting data as Holotype (MorphoBank M100281–M100301); IBES7722, male from the same locality as the Holotype, collected on the 11th of October 2010 by S. Carranza and F. Amat (MorphoBank M100302–M100310); IBES7700, female, same collecting data as IBES7722 (MorphoBank M100311–M100315); IBES7735, female, same collecting data as IBES7722 (MorphoBank M100316–M100320); ONHM3711, female, same collecting data as IBES7722 (MorphoBank M100321–M100328). 
CommentMorphoBank M100233–M100346 
EtymologyEtymology The species epithet “inexpectatus” refers to the unexpected finding of this distinct new species of Hemidactylus in this area of Central Oman. 
  • Carranza S, Xipell M, Tarroso P, Gardner A, Arnold EN, Robinson MD, et al. 2018. Diversity, distribution and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles of Oman (Sauropsida, Squamata). PLoS One 13 (2): e0190389 - get paper here
  • Carranza, S., Arnold, E. Nicholas 2012. A review of the geckos of the genus Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Oman based on morphology, mitochondrial and nuclear data, with descriptions of eight new species. Zootaxa 3378: 1–95 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Šmíd, Jiří; Salvador Carranza, Lukáš Kratochvíl, Václav Gvoždík, Abdul Karim Nasher, Jiří Moravec 2013. Out of Arabia: A Complex Biogeographic History of Multiple Vicariance and Dispersal Events in the Gecko Genus Hemidactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). PLoS One 8(5): e64018 - get paper here
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