Hemidactylus murrayi GLEADOW, 1887
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus murrayi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Murray’s House Gecko|
G: Murrays Halbfingergecko, Murrays Hausgecko
|Synonym||Hemidacylus [sic] murrayi GLEADOW 1887|
Hemidactylus murrayi — MAHONY 2011 (inc. sed.)
Hemidactylus murrayi — LAJMI et al. 2016
|Distribution||W India, Myanmar, Peninsular Malaysia (and Borneo)|
Type locality: Pimpri, Gujarat, India
|Types||Holotype: lost or unknown (Mahony 2011, Mirza & Raju 2017)|
|Comment||Synonymy: previously synonymized with H. brooki but revalidated by Lajmi et al. 2016. The status remains unclear because the types are lost.|
Distribution: see map in LAJMI et al. 2016.
Similar species: H. brooki
Diagosis: Digits quite free; free distal joints of digits long ; dorsal tubercles strongly keeled; not more than 8 lamellae under the inner toe and 11 under the median toe; 5(4—6) lamellae under the inner, and 8 (7—9) tinder the median toe. Tubercles in 16—20 (14—22) longitudinal series. Males with 6 — 8 femoral pores on each side.
Color grey, with several dark bands across the back, the bands shaped somewhat like two crescents back to back, thus X- Markings frequently variable or indistinct. A dark streak from nostril to eye, with three others diverging behind the orbit, the upper one sometimes produced over the shoulder; under parts white; tail banded. Length — Head and body 65 mm. (2| in), tail 75 mm. (3 in). The above description is taken from 24 specimens, 8 males and 16 females.” (from Gleadow 1887)
Types: not in BMNH or ZSI; not mentioned in original description.
|Etymology||Named after James A. Murray, a British Zoologist who was a Member of the Bombay Natural History Society and Anthropological Society of Bombay, a manager at the Victoria Natural History Institute and curator at the Kurrachee (now Karachi, Pakistan) Municipal Library and Museum.|
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