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Homonota williamsii ÁVILA, PEREZ, MINOLI & MORANDO, 2012

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHomonota williamsii ÁVILA, PEREZ, MINOLI & MORANDO 2012
Gymnodactylus gaudichaudii — BELL 1843
Homonota guidichaudi (in error) — GRAY, 1845: 171
Homonota darwini — BOULENGER 1885: 21
Homonota darwini — KOSLOWSKY 1898: 165
Homonota darwini — LIEBERMANN 1939: 16, 63
Homonota darwinii — KLUGE 1964: 22
Homonota borelli — GALLARDO 1966: 12, 16
Homonota borellii — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 146
Homonota borellii — WILLIAMS 1991: 1, 13
Homonota borellii — ABDALA 1997: 17 
DistributionArgentina (Buenos Aires: Southeastern Pampas, Ventania mountain range)

Type locality: Sierra de la Ventana, camino a Cerro Tres Picos por Estancia Funke (38o08'10"S, 61o59'10"W, 601 m elevation), Tornquist Department, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MLP S 2630, an adult male, collected by C. H. F. Perez and P. F. Petracci, 25 June 2006.
Paratypes: LJAMM-CNP 6517, an adult male same locality as the holotype. LJAMM-CNP 11834-11835 adult males from Bahia Blanca hill (38o04'07"S, 61o59'02"W, 723 m), Sierra de la Ventana, Tornquist Department, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, collected by C. H. F. Perez, 7 October 1999. LJAMM-CNP 11837, an adult male from Curamalal hill (37o43'17"S, 62o13'59"W, 915 m), Tornquist Department, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, collected by C. H. F. Perez, 7 October 1999. LJAMM-CNP 11838, an adult female from Curamalal hill (37o43'17"S, 62o13'59"W, 915 m), Tornquist Department, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, collected by C. H. F. Perez, 7 October 1999. LJAMM-CNP 11836, an adult male from Abra de Los Vascos (38o15'34"S, 61o54'37"W, 454 m), Sierra de la Ventana, Tornquist Department, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, collected by C.H.F. Perez, 7 October 1999. BYU 47931, BYU 47933-47934, adult females from near Parque Provincial Ernesto Tornquist (38o03'18.6"S, 62o00'51.6"W, 848 m) Tornquist Department, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, collected by C.H.F. Perez, 5 March 2002. BYU 47932, an adult male from near Parque Provincial Ernesto Tornquist (38o03'18.6"S, 62o00'51.6"W, 848 m) Tornquist Department, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, collected by C.H.F. Perez, 5 March 2002. 
CommentSynonymy: after AVILA et al. 2012.

Diagnosis. Homonota williamsii sp. nov. is a medium-sized species of Homonota (maximum SVL = 48 mm) and can be distinguished from the other species of the group by the following combination of characters: a dorsal reticulate dark brown pattern on a grayish background speckled with small white spots, white belly with dark spots, keeled dorsal scales, subcaudal scales rounded, alternating in size, oblique auditory meatus with a posterior serrate edge and different average number of dorsal scales and scales around midbody than all the other species of the genus. 
EtymologyEtymology.—Dedicated to Jorge Daniel Williams, Argentinean herpetologist from the La Plata Museum, Buenos Aires Province. He is in charge of the herpetological collection of the La Plata Museum, and his work is mainly focused on the herpetofauna of Buenos Aires Province. He was one of the founders of the Asociación Herpetólogica Argentina (AHA), president for a decade, and always an enthusiastic advocate. 
References
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; CRISTIAN HERNAN FULVIO PEREZ, IGNACIO MINOLI & MARIANA MORANDO 2012. A new species of Homonota (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae) from the Ventania mountain range, Southeastern Pampas, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Zootaxa 3431: 19–36 - get paper here
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; LORENA ELIZABETH MARTINEZ & MARIANA MORANDO 2013. Checklist of lizards and amphisbaenians of Argentina: an update. Zootaxa 3616 (3): 201–238
  • Morando, Mariana; Cintia D. Medina, Luciano J. Avila, Cristian H. F. Perez, Amy Buxton and Jack W. Sites Jr. 2014. Molecular phylogeny of the New World gecko genus Homonota (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae). Zoologica Scripta DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12052 - get paper here
 
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