Hemidactylus lankae DERANIYAGALA, 1953
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus lankae?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Sri Lanka Leaf-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus triedrus lankae DERANIYAGALA 1953|
Hemidactylus triedrus lankae — ZIESMANN et al. 2007
Hemidactylus triedrus lankae — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009
Hemidactylus lankae — BAUER et al. 2010
Hemidactylus lankae — MIRZA et al. 2018 (nomen dubium)
Type locality: Ceylon.
|Types||Holotype: NMSL (probably lost fide Amarasinghe et al. 2009)|
|Comment||Synonymy: MIRZA et al. 2018 considered H. lankae a nomen dubium given that the types are lost and the original description is inadequate in diagnosing the taxon.|
Diagnosis (lankae): Deraniyagala (1953) distinguished “lankae” in bearing 13–19 precloacal femoral pores on each side separated by three non-pored scales based on a series of nine specimens vs. 6–14 in the Indian nominate form (Deraniyagala, 1953). The male holotype in the Colombo National Museum described by Deraniyagala (1953) possesses 19/18 pores, which raises doubts if it is allied to H. triedrus, as a review of literature and examination of museum material representing “H. triedrus” from Sri Lanka show that the specimens possess 7–9 pores on each side as seen in the type of H. triedrus (Daudin, 1802; Somaweera & Somaweera, 2009; Batuwita & Pethiyagoda, 2012). It is likely that the type series of H. lankae comprised of multiple species that did not include representatives of H. triedrus as the specimens possess femoral pores >13.
See also literature cited under Hemidactylus triedrus.
Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009.