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Hemidactylus scabriceps (ANNANDALE, 1906)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Scaly gecko 
SynonymTeratolepis scabriceps ANNANDALE 1906
Lophopholis scabriceps — SMITH & DERANIYAGALA 1934: 235
Lophopholis scabriceps — SMITH 1935: 124
Lophopholis scabriceps — TAYLOR 1953: 1554
Hemidactylus scabriceps — WERMUTH 1965: 84
Hemidactylus scabriceps — KLUGE 1993
Hemidactylus scabriceps — RÖSLER 2000: 87 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu), Sri Lanka

Type locality: Ramanad, Madura District, Sri Lanka [see comment]  
TypesSyntype: ZSI 15353, BMNH 
CommentDistribution: Ramanad (or Ramnad), and the Madura District are in India, not Sri Lanka.

Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009. 
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles. Privately published, 24 pp.
  • Amarasinghe, A. A. T., A. M. Bauer, I. Ineich, J. Rudge, M. M. Bahir & D. E. Gabadage 2009. The original descriptions and figures of Sri Lankan gekkonid lizards (Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Taprobanica 1 (2): 83-106 - get paper here
  • Annandale, Nelson 1906. Notes on the fauna of a desert tract in southern India. Part. I. Batrachians and reptiles, with remarks on the reptiles of the desert region of the North-West Frontier. Mem asiatic Soc Bengal Calcutta 1: 183-202 - get paper here
  • Batuwita, Sudesh; & Rohan Pethiyagoda 2012. Rediscovery of the Sri Lankan ‘house gecko’ Hemidactylus pieresii Kelaart (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) with a redescription of Hemidactylus depressus Gray. Zootaxa 3359: 17–30 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Todd R. Jackman, Eli Greenbaum, Varad B. Giri, Anslem de Silva 2010. South Asia supports a major endemic radiation of Hemidactylus geckos. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57 (1): 343-352 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S. R. and S. R. Chandramouli 2010. Rediscovery of Hemidactylus scabriceps (Annandale, 1906) (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Eastern Tamil Nadu, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (1): 70-74 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S.R.; M. Rameshwaran, Naveen A. Joseph & Ahamed M. Jerith 2017. On two little-known terrestrial South Asian geckoes Hemidactylus reticulatus and Hemidactylus scabriceps (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). JoTT 9 (5): 10171–10177 - get paper here
  • Giri, Varad B.; Bauer, Aaron M. 2008. A new ground-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Maharashtra, with a key to the Hemidactylus of India. Zootaxa 1700: 21-34 - get paper here
  • Rameshwaran, M.; Ahamed M. Jerith, and S.R. Ganesh 2020. Natural history observations of the Scaly Gecko, Hemidactylus scabriceps (Annandale 1906), in India. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 27 (1): 98–100 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Smith, ; M.A. & Deraniyagala, P.E.P. 1934. A new genus of gecko. Ceylon J. Sci. (Spolia Zeyl.) B 18: 235
  • Smith, M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Srikanthan, Achyuthan N.; Gandla Chethan Kumar, Aishwarya J. Urs & Sumaithangi Rajagopalan Ganesh 2018. Appearances are deceptive: molecular phylogeny recovers the Scaly Gecko Hemidactylus scabriceps (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) as a member of a scansorial and rupicolous clade. JoTT 10 (9): 12147–12162 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1953. A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 35 (12): 1525-1585 - get paper here
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
  • Wickramasinghe, Mendis and Ruchira Somaweera. 2008. Changes in the distribution ranges of the Sri Lankan Hemidactylus species. Gekko 5 (2): 44-60
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