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Hemiphyllodactylus huishuiensis YAN, LIN, GUO, LI & ZHOU, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus huishuiensis YAN, LIN, GUO, LI & ZHOU 2016 
DistributionChina (Guizhou)

Type locality: vicinity of Huishui County, Guizhou Province, China (26°08.36’N, 106°39.72’E, at an elevation of 990 m Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproductionoviparous. Two gravid females (NJNUh00321, NJNUh00323) each contained two eggs. 
TypesHolotype. NJNU h00851, Adult male, collected on 9 July, 2015 by Yubo Lin and Hao Li (Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China).
Paratype. Four adult female specimens: NJNUh00852, NJNUh00854, NJNUh00855, and NJNUh00856, collected on 10–11 July, 2015 from almost the same locality as the holotype; and three adult specimens, NJNUh00857 (female), NJNUh00858 (female) and NJNUh00859 (male), collected on 13–14 July, 2015 from Ziyun County, Guizhou Province, China (25°45.17’N, 106°04.85’E, at an elevation of 1260 m). 
CommentDiagnosis. Hemiphyllodactylus huishuiensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from the remaining congeners of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus by having the unique combination of the following characters: a bisexual taxon; a maximum SVL of 47.4 mm in males and 51.2 mm in females; 8 or 10 chin scales; enlarged postmental scales; 3 circumnasal scales; 2 or 3 scales between supranasals; 9–11 supralabials; 9–11 infralabials; 13–15 dorsal scales; 7– 9 ventral scales; a lamellar hand formula of 3-4-4-4 or 4-4/5-5-4; a lamellar foot formula of 4-4/5-5-4/5; 3 subdigital lamellae on the first finger; 3 subdigital lamellae on the first toe; a continuous precloacal and femoral pore series of less than 20; one cloacal spur on each side in both males and females; no enlarged subcaudal scales; dark dorsal transverse blotches; dark postorbital stripe; a brown postsacral mark bearing anteriorly projecting arms; and unpigmented caecum and gonads (Table 4).

Comparisons: Diagnostic characters separating this species from other nominal taxa of Hemiphyllodactylus are shown in Table 4 in YAN et al. 2016. 
EtymologyThis specific epithet is derived from the name of Huishui County of China and is in reference to the type locality. 
References
  • YAN, JIE; YUBO LIN, WEIBO GUO, PENG LI, KAIYA ZHOU 2016. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Guizhou, China. Zootaxa 4117 (4): 543–554 - get paper here
 
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