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Hemidactylus parvimaculatus DERANIYAGALA, 1953

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Spotted house gecko
Sinhala: Pulli geval huna 
SynonymHemidactylus brookii parvimaculatus DERANIYAGALA 1953: 45
Hemidactylus brookii parvimaculatus — ZIESMANN et al. 2007
Hemidactylus brookii parvimaculatus — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009
Hemidactylus parvimaculatus — BAUER et al. 2010
Hemidactylus parvimaculatus — RÖSLER & GLAW 2010
Hemidactylus parvimaculatus — LAJMI et al. 2016 
DistributionSri Lanka, Reunion, Mauritius und Rodrigues, Moheli (Comoro Islands), Maldives, Mascarene Islands, S/E India (Kerala, Odisha)

Type locality: Colombo, Ceylon [Sri Lanka].

Introduced to the USA (Louisiana: New Orleans)  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (Colombo); “No. RG. 15” fide Deraniyagala 1953: 45. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the H. brookii group, characterized by the combination of presence of smaller subtrihedral tubercles on mid-dorsum, 11–17 (12 in holotype fide DERANIYAGALA, 1953) precloacal-femoral pores on either side, interrupted by 1-3 pore-less scales; absence of undivided lamellae (after LAJMI et al. 2016; also see BAUER et al. 2010; MAHONY, 2011).  
CommentSimilar species: Has been confused with H. brooki. Lajmi et al. (2016) demonstrated that populations inhabiting southern and southeastern India (including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, eastern parts of Telangana and Orissa States) belong to H. parvimaculatus.

Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “parvus, -a, -um” = small, and macula = spot (although the spots may be of varying size in this species). 
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