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Hemiphyllodactylus hongkongensis SUNG, LEE, NG, ZHANG & YANG, 2018

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesHong Kong Slender Gecko 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus hongkongensis SUNG, LEE, NG, ZHANG & YANG 2018 
DistributionChina (Hong Kong)

Type locality: Aberdeen Country Park, Hong Kong (22°15.51' N , 114°9.69' E; 120 m elevation)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SYS r001735 (Museum of Biology, Sun Yat-sen University), adult male collected by Wing-Ho Lee and Ho-Nam Ng on 20 April 2017 in Aberdeen Country Park, Hong Kong (22°15.51' N , 114°9.69' E; 120 m a.s.l.; Fig. 4)
Paratypes. SYS r001728, SYS r001729 and SYS r001730, three adult female specimens were collected by Yik-Hei Sung, Wing-Ho Lee and Ho-Nam Ng on 7 June 2016 and 14 October 2016 in Aberdeen Country Park, Hong Kong (22°15.51' N, 114°9.69' E; 120 m a.s.l.). SYS r001732, SYS r001733 and SYS r001734, two adult females and one adult male, were collected by Yik-Hei Sung, Wing-Ho Lee and Ho-Nam Ng on 20 April 2017 in Aberdeen Country Park, Hong Kong (22°15.51' N, 114°9.69' E; 120 m a.s.l.). SYS r001731, one adult female, was collected by Yik-Hei Sung, Wing-Ho Lee and Ho-Nam Ng on 8 April 2017 on Po Toi Island, Hong Kong (22°9.83' N, 114°15.33' E; 50 m a.s.l.).
 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Hemiphyllodactylus hongkongensis sp. nov. can be separated from all other species of Hemiphyllodactylus by having the unique combination of 5–6 chin scales; a manual lamellar formula of 3–3(4)–4– 4; a pedal lamellar formula of 3(4)–4(5)–4(5)–4; 24–25 continuous femoral and precloacal pores; 12–15 dorsal scales contained in diameter of eye; and 9–10 ventral scales contained in diameter of eye.

Comparisons. We compared Hemiphyllodactylus hongkongensis with other members of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus from China and Indochina based on data obtained from the literature. We show the diagnostic characters separating this species from other nominal taxa of Hemiphyllodactylus in Table 4.
Hemiphyllodactylus hongkongensis sp. nov. has 5–6 chin scales, which separates it from H. changningensis Guo, Zhou, Yan & Li (7–8), H. chiangmaiensis Grismer, Wood & Cota (8‒12), H. dushanensis (8–10), H. huishuiensis (8–10), H. jinpingensis Zhou & Liu (7–9), H. longlingensis Zhou & Liu (7–9), H. typus Bleeker (9– 14), H. yunnanensis (7–8), and H. zugi (9–12). Hemiphyllodactylus hongkongensis sp. nov. has a manual lamellar formula of 3–4–4–4 or 3–3–4–4 which distinguish it from H. changningensis (3–3(4) –3(4) –3), H. chiangmaiensis (3–3–3–3, 3–4–3–3), and H. dushanensis (3–4–5–4, 4–5–5–4). It differs from H. banaensis Ngo, Grismer, Thai & Wood (4–5–5–5), H. dushanensis (4–5–5–5, 5–6–6–5), and H. zugi (4–5–5–5) by having a pedal lamellar formula of 3–4–4–4, 4–4–4–4 or 4–5–5–4. It differs from H. banaensis (18–21), H. changningensis (19–22), H. kiziriani Nguyen, Botov, Le, Nophaseud, Zug, Bonkowski & Ziegler (10–13), H. huishuiensis (0–20), H. yunnanensis (0–20), and H. zugi (18–21) by having 24–25 continuous femoral and precloacal pores in adult males. Hemiphyllodactylus hongkongensis sp. nov. has 12–15 dorsal scales contained in the diameter of the eye, which separates it from H. banaensis (17–20), and H. zugi (20–22). It differs from H. changningensis (6–8), H. jinpingensis (5–7), H. kiziriani (11–15), H. longlingensis (6–7), H. yunnanensis (5–7) and H. zugi (15–16) by having 9–10 ventral scales contained in the diameter of the eye. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet “hongkongensis’ is in reference to the type locality, Hong Kong SAR, China. 
References
  • SUNG, YIK-HEI; WING-HO LEE, HO-NAM NG, YANJIE ZHANG, JIAN-HUAN YANG 2018. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Hong Kong. Zootaxa 4392 (2): 361–373 - get paper here
 
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