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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesDakota's Leaf-toed Gecko, Blotched house gecko, Termite Hill Gecko 
SynonymGecko triedrus DAUDIN 1802: 155
Hemidactylus subtriedrus JERDON 1854 (fide MAHONY 2011)
Hemidactylus triedrus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 356
Hemidactylus triedrus — BOULENGER 1885: 133
Hemidactylus subtriedrus — BOULENGER 1885: 134
Hemidactylus subtriedrus — SMITH 1935: 89
Hemidactylus triedrus — SMITH 1935: 88
Hemidactylus triedrus — WERMUTH 1965: 86
Hemidactylus subtriedrus — WERMUTH 1965: 85
Hemidactylus subtriedrus — KLUGE 1993
Hemidactylus triedrus — KLUGE 1993
Hemidactylus triedrus — RÖSLER 1995: 124
Hemidactylus subtriedrus — RÖSLER 2000: 88
Hemidactylus triedruso — BAUER et al. 2010 (in error) 
DistributionSri Lanka, India (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala)

Type locality: unknown (fide WERMUTH 1965); Restricted to “Nellore, Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh” by Mirza et al. 2018.

subtriedrus: India (Madras, Andhra Pradesh); Type locality: Nellore District, India.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2297
Holotype: ZSI (lost) [subtriedrus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized fairly stout gecko, adults ranging 58–76 mm in SVL. Dorsum in a shade of light brown with paired, thin black edged white bands at regular intervals. Dorsal scalation on trunk, granular, intermixed with enlarged, keeled 19–20 trihedral tubercle rows arranged in fairly regular longitudinal series. Seven lamellae under digit I of pes and manus, eight to nine under digit four of manus and pes. An angular series of seven to nine precloacal femoral pores separated at mid-pelvic by a diastema of one to three non-pored scales [Mirza et al. 2018: 12]. 
CommentSubspecies: Hemidactylus triedrus lankae DERANIYAGALA 1953 has been elevated to species level.

Synonymy: Hemidactylus subtriedrus has been synonymized with H. triedrus by Mirza et al. 2018, after serveral previous authors had suspected that they are synonymous.

Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009.

Distribution: see Figure 6 in Mirza et al. 2018: 15. Populations from other states have been assigned to H. whitakeri and H. sahgali. 
Etymology 
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