Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus (BEDDOME, 1870)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Southern Ghats slender gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus aurantiacus BEDDOME 1870: 33|
Hemidactylus aurantiacus — STOLICZKA 1872
Lepidodactylus aurantiacus — BOULENGER 1885: 164
Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus — STEJNEGER 1899
Hemiphyllodactylus typus aurantiacus — SMITH 1935
Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus — BAUER & DAS 1999
Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus — ZUG 2010
|Distribution||S India (Anamallays = Anailmalais, Western Ghats, Bangalore, Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh)|
Type locality: “Shevaroys, under stones about Yercaud and elsewhere, at an elevation of 4,000 feet”.
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 188.8.131.523; Syntypes: ZMB 10233, BMNH 184.108.40.2062–1337|
|Comment||Major diagnostic features: bisexual taxon; pigmented caecum and gonadal ducts; in adult males femoral pore series separated from precloacal pore series (TotPore typically ␣20-␣25), always absent in females; chin scales bordering mental and first infralabial not greatly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 2-2-2-2 (fore- foot) and 2-2-3-2 or 2-2-3-3 (hindfoot); average adult SVL ~33–35 mm; bold body pattern of contrasting dark brown and dusky brown background and dorsal postsacral double bar of dark brown and light orange (ZUG 2010).|
Distribution: ZUG (2010) believes that its occurrence in Banglore is edificarian and appears to represent a recent accidental transport.
|Etymology||Beddome offered no explanation for his choice of aurantiacus as the epithet for his new species. He did mention the orange color of the tail base, and because aurantium is a new Latin noun for the orange (fruit), ZUG (2010) suggested his choice derived from the association between the color of the orange and the gecko’s tail.|
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