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Hemidactylus saxicolus KUMAR, SRINIVASULU & SRINIVASULU, 2022

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Saxatile leaf-toed gecko or Saxatile rock gecko. 
SynonymHemidactylus saxicolus KUMAR, SRINIVASULU & SRINIVASULU 2022: 323 
DistributionIndia (Karnataka)

Type locality: Raichur Fort (16.1994° N, 77.3494° E; 462 m a.s.l.), Raichur, Karnataka, India  
TypesHolotype. NHM.OU.REP.H113-2017, adult male; collected by Gandla Chethan Kumar and Krishna Prasad Kante on 7th February, 2017.
Paratypes. NHM.OU.REP.H28-2017, adult female, Maliyabad (16.1449° N, 77.3482° E; 458 m a.s.l.), Raichur, Karnataka, India; collected by Chelmala Srinivasulu and Aditya Srinivasulu on 7th February, 2017. NHM. OU.REP.H114-2017, adult female, other details as in holotype.
Additional material. NHM.OU.REP.H115-2015, adult male, NHM.OU.REP.H116-2015, adult female, (16.6707° N, 77.8334° E; 431 m a.s.l.), Gaddeguda, Mahbubnagar, Telangana State, India; collection by Gandla Chethan Kumar and Krishna Prasad Kante on 4th October, 2015. 
CommentDistribution: see map in Kumar et al. 2023: 313 (Fig. 8) 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a nominative adjective meaning rock-dwelling, from the combination of Latin words saxum meaning stone and -colus to inhabit, derived from Latin colere to dwell. 
  • 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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