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Hemidactylus mrimaensis MALONZA & BAUER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Kaya Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus mrimaensis MALONZA & BAUER 2014
Hemidactylus mrimaensis — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 92 
Distributioncoastal Kenya

Type locality: Kaya Mrima Forest (04°29.286’S, 039°15.821’E; 257 m elevation)  
TypesHolotype: NMK L3397, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi) (Field Number JN0115) adult female collected on 29 August 2010 by Patrick K. Malonza & Joash Nyamache.
Paratypes. NMK-L3233/4 (PK139), L3233/5 (PK140), L3233/2 (PK105), L3233/3 (PK103) females; NMK- L3233/1 (PK101) adult male collected on 24 October 2009, in Kaya Jibana Forest (03°50.624’S, 039°40.155’E; 309 m elevation). NMK-L3240/3 (PK034), L3240/7 (PK064) adult males; NMK-L3240/5 (PK027), L3240/4 (PK031), L3240/2 (PK030), L3240/1 (PK001), L3240/6 (PK066) females collected 17–19 October 2009 at same locality as holotype. All specimens collected by Patrick K. Malonza & Joash Nyamache. 
CommentBehavior: cathemeral

Sympatry: H. mabouia, Lygodactylus picturatus, L. mombasicus. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet mrimaensis is derived from the Kaya Mrima forest where the first specimen of the new gecko was collected. 
  • MALONZA, PATRICK K. & AARON M. BAUER 2014. A new species of arboreal forest-dwelling gecko (Hemidactylus: Squamata: Gek- konidae) from coastal Kenya, East Africa. Zootaxa 3786 (2): 192–200 - get paper here
  • Malonza, Patrick K.; David M. Mulwa, Joash O. Nyamache, Georgina Jones 2017. Biogeography of the Shimba Hills ecosystem herpetofauna in Kenya Zoological Research 38(5): 1-11 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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