Hemiphyllodactylus harterti (WERNER, 1900)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemiphyllodactylus harterti?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Bintang slender gecko, Hartert’s slender gecko|
|Synonym||Lepidodactylus harterti WERNER 1900: 196|
Gehyra larutensis BOULENGER 1900:188 (part.)
Hemiphyllodactylus harterti — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 128
Hemiphyllodactylus harterti — RÖSLER 2000: 88
Hemiphyllodactylus harterti — DAS & YAAKOB 2007
Hemiphyllodactylus harterti — GRISMER et al. 2010
Hemiphyllodactylus harterti — ZUG 2010
|Distribution||W Malaysia (Larut Hills and Gunong Inas, Perak) (fide CHAN-ARD et al. 1999, ZUG 2010)|
Type locality: “Malakka” (Malaysia), restricted to “Gunong Inas” (Perak, Malaysia) by BOULENGER 1912: 48.
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 15360|
|Comment||Synonymy: H. harterti has been previously synonymized with Hemiphyllodactylus larutensis but revalidated by ZUG (2010) and other authors. The two species have often been confused in the literature (see GRISMER et al. 2013 for a discussion).|
Major diagnostic features: bisexual taxon; caecum and (likely) gonadal ducts not pigmented; precloacal–femoral pore series continuous; chin scales bordering mental and first infralabial distinctly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 3-3-3-3 (forefoot) and 3-3-4-3 (hindfoot); adult SVL < 40 mm; dorsum of head and trunk either nearly uniform tan or with narrow dark dorsolat- eral stripes and contrasting with lighter tail, outer edge of postsacral mark continuous with caudal color (ZUG 2010).
Male H. larutensis have 2–36 femoroprecloacal pores and two or three cloacal spurs whereas male H. harterti have 44 or 45 femoroprecloacal pores and a single cloacal spur. See Table 5 in GRISMER et al. 2013 for a comparison of H. larutensis and H. harterti.
Distribution: see map in Grismer et al. 2015 (Fig. 1C).
|Etymology||Werner (1900) noted that a single specimen (holotype) of this gecko was collected in Malakka by a Mr. Hartert and deposited in the Berlin collection. Presumably, the Hartert referred to by Werner is Ernest Johann Otto Hartert, an ornithologist who served as the bird curator in L. W. Rothschild’s private museum at Tring, UK, between 1892 and 1929. Prior to his employment at Tring, Hartert visited Asia and elsewhere and collected birds, insects, and other animals. He reported his research travels in a popular book, Aus den Wanderjahren eines Naturforschers (Hartert, 1901–1902) (from ZUG 2010).|
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