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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 NamesChinese: 惠水半叶趾虎 
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  
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). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. 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. 
Comment 
EtymologyThis specific epithet is derived from the name of Huishui County of China and is in reference to the type locality. 
References
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; QUYEN HANH DO, HANH THI NGO, ANH VAN PHAM,<br />CUONG THE PHAM, MINH DUC LE, & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2020. Two new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam. Zootaxa 4801 (3): 513–536 - get paper here
  • SUKPRASERT, APISAK; SURAPOP SUTTHIWISES, VIRAYUTH LAUHACHINDA, WUT TAKSINTUM 2018. Two new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Thailand. Zootaxa 4369 (3): 363–376 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • 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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