Hemidactylus ituriensis SCHMIDT, 1919
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Ituri Leaf-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus ituriensis SCHMIDT 1919: 455|
Hemidactylus ituriensis — LOVERIDGE 1936: 50
Hemidactylus fasciatus ituriensis — LOVERIDGE 1947
Hemidactylus fasciatus ituriensis — WERMUTH 1965: 74
Hemidactylus fasciatus ituriensis — RÖSLER 2000: 85
Hemidactylus ituriensis — WAGNER et al. 2014
|Distribution||NE Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)|
Type locality: “Avakubi,” Democratic Republic of the Congo.
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 10272|
|Comment||Description. A fairly large species of Hemidactylus with a maximum SVL of 89mm and a maximum total length of 162mm. The species is morphologically characterized by a high number of subdigital lamellae (9–11 on 4th finger; 11–13 on 4th toe); by having the enlarged subcaudal scales about one-third of the tail width; and by having a low number of femoral pores in males (8 vs. 16–20 in the West African species). In coloration the species is distinct from all other taxa of the H. fasciatus group by lacking the sharply defined band between neck and eye on the side of the head and by having the body crossbands, which are wider than the interspaces, without a median notching (Wagner et al. 2014).|
Distribution: only known from northeastern parts of the DR Congo. Wagner (2010) suggests a wider distribution along the Albertine Rift and probably eastwards to Uganda and probably Kenya, similar to the distribution pattern of forest species in this area (Wagner et al. 2008, 2009, Wagner et al. 2014).
Relationships. So far genetic information of this taxon are lacking, but we expect, due to morphological characters and the distribution pattern, a close, probably sister taxon, relationship to the clade including H. eniangii sp. n., H. coalescens sp. n., and H. biokoensis sp. n. (Wagner et al. 2014).
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