Hemidactylus inintellectus Sindaco, Ziliani, Razzetti, Pupin, Grieco, 2009
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Sauria (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Socotran rock gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus inintellectus Sindaco, Ziliani, Razzetti, Pupin, Grieco 2009|
Hemidactylus granti – SCHÄTTI and DESVOIGNES 1999: 108-109
Hemidactylus aff. turcicus – RÖSLER & WRANIK 2000: 24
[Hemidactylus] turcicus-like – RÖSLER & WRANIK in WRANIK 2003: 133
Hemidactylus sp. – RÖSLER & WRANIK in WRANIK 2003: pl. 74
Hemidactylus sp. B – RÖSLER & WRANIK 2004: 518
Hemidactylus sp. B – RÖSLER & WRANIK 2006: 127
Hemidactylus granti – SINDACO et al. 2008
|Distribution||Socotra Island (Yemen)|
Type locality: Yemen, Socotra Island, Wadi Ayhaft
(12°36’47”N– 53°57’52”E), about 200 m elevation. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: MCCI R1470, adult male., U. Ziliani, E. Razzetti, R. Sindaco, C. Caru- |
gati, C. Grieco leg., 3.I.2008.
|Comment||Diagnosis: A rather robust Hemidactylus (maximum SVL: male = 59.5 mm, female = 60.5 mm), easily distinguishable from the others Socotran Hemidactylus by the following combination of characters: back covered by large, trihedral, strongly keeled tubercles intermixed with a few small, irregular shaped granules (Fig. 1d), forming 12-16 (mode 14) irregular transversal rows from axilla to groin (counted along a paravertebral line); nostril in contact with the rostral, the 1st supralabial and 3 postnasals; 6 lamellae under the 1st toe (Fig. 1c) and 9-11 (media 10.2 ± 0,54, mode = 10) under the 4th toe (Fig. 1e). Chin shield subtriangular; first pair of enlarged post-mentals in broad contact each other and with the first and second lower labial; second pair in contact with the second lower labial and usually with small paralabials (Fig. 1b). Males with 3/3 to 5/5 preanal pores in two short rows, separated medially by 2-3 scales (Fig. 1f); females without pores. Pattern with more or less irregular, narrow transversal bands on back and unregenerated tail, sometimes indistinct. Ventral part of the tail with transversely enlarged scales intermixed with smaller ones (from SINDACO et al. 2009).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet inintellectus is a latin adjective meaning “misunderstood”, because the species was observed and/or collected by different authors (including us during the first surveys), but was confused with other taxa or was suspected to be a new taxon, but remained undescribed for about ten years.|