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Hemidactylus raya SRINIVASULU, KUMAR & SRINIVASULU, 2022

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Deccan giant leaf-toed gecko / Deccan giant rock gecko. 
SynonymHemidactylus raya SRINIVASULU, KUMAR & SRINIVASULU in KUMAR et al. 2022: 316 
DistributionIndia (Karnataka)

Type locality: near Vithala Temple ruins (15.3416° N, 78.4742° E; 423 m a.s.l.), Hampi, Karnataka, India  
TypesHolotype. NHMOU.REP.H75.2017, adult female; collected by Gandla Chethan Kumar & C. Srinivasulu, on 3rd February 2017.
Paratype. NHMOU.REP.H82.2017, Adult male; collected on 4th February 2017; other details same as holotype.
Additional material. BNHS 1510, male, Basapur (15.3636° N, 76.4013° E; 468 m a.s.l.), Koppal District, Karnataka, India; collected by Ashok Captain. 
CommentDistribution: see map in Kumar et al. 2023: 313 (Fig. 8) 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, singular nominative noun raya is derived from the Kannada word râya, meaning ‘king’ as the species was discovered in Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara empire (1336–1646 AD), the kings of which were titled ‘Râya’. 
  • KUMAR, GANDLA CHETHAN; ADITYA SRINIVASULU, CHELMALA SRINIVASULU 2022. Redescription of Hemidactylus giganteus Stoliczka, 1871 with the description of three new allied species (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Hemidactylus Goldfuss, 1820) from peninsular India. Zootaxa 5115 (3): 301-341 - get paper here
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