Hemiphyllodactylus tehtarik GRISMER, WOOD Jr, ANUAR, MUIN, QUAH, MCGUIRE, BROWN, VAN TRI & THAI, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemiphyllodactylus tehtarik?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Tebu Mountain Slender-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Hemiphyllodactylus tehtarik GRISMER, WOOD Jr, ANUAR, MUIN, QUAH, MCGUIRE, BROWN, VAN TRI & THAI 2013|
|Distribution||Western Malaysia (Terengganu)|
Type locality: Gunung Tebu, Terengganu, Malaysia (05°36.11′ N, 102°36.19′ E; 600 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZRC LSUHC 10904, adult female, collected on 2 September 2010 by Mohd Abdul Muin and Shahrul Anuar and at 2200 h.|
|Comment||Diagnosis: Hemiphyllodactylus tehtarik sp. nov. can be separated from all other species of Hemiphyllodactylus by the unicolour rust–orange dorsal pattern, absence of white postorbital spots, and a lamellar foot formula of 3-4-5-4. It is further sepa- rated from all other congeners by: the unique combi- nation of a maximum SVL of 40.4 mm in females (males unknown); eight chin scales, extending trans- versely from unions of second and third infralabials, and the posterior margin of mental; enlarged postmental scales; five circumnasal scales; three scales between supranasals (= postrostrals); 11 supralabials; 10 infralabials; 18 longitudinally arranged dorsal scales at midbody contained within one eye diameter; 12 longitudinally arranged ventral scales at midbody, contained within one eye diameter; lamellar formula on hand 3-3-3-3; no precloacal or femoral pores in females (males unknown); postsacral mark orange and bearing anteriorly projecting arms; and ceacum and oviducts unpigmented. These char- acters and potentially diagnostic morphometric char- acters are scored across all species in Table 4 (GRISMER et al. 2013).|
Similar species: GRISMER et al. 2013 also identified up to 10 other new species which they preliminarily only called Hemiphyllodactylus sp. 1-10.
Distribution: see map in Grismer et al. 2015 (Fig. 1C).
|Etymology||This species is named after a traditional Malaysian tea, Teh Tarik, which bears the rich orangish coloration of the holotype.|