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Lepidodactylus pantai STUBBS, KARIN, ARIFIN, ISKANDAR, ARIDA, REILLY, BLOCH, KUSNADI & MCGUIRE, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Beach Scaly-toed Gecko 
SynonymLepidodactylus pantai STUBBS, KARIN, ARIFIN, ISKANDAR, ARIDA, REILLY, BLOCH, KUSNADI & MCGUIRE 2017 
DistributionIndonesia (Maluku)

Type locality: beachside rocks at Pasir Panjan Beach, Desa Ohoililir, Kei Kecil, Maluku, Indonesia  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MZB Lace (Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense.Lace) 14062, Field number ALS 534), an adult male collected by ALS, BRK, and UA a few hours after sunset at 5.646671° S, 132.638312° E (WGS84) on 16 October, 2011. Liver tissue is preserved in duplicate in RNA-Later at Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense (MZB.Lace.14062) and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ 273691).
Paratypes. A series of ten additional specimens were collected at the same locality and time as the holotype (MVZ tissue number and field number in parenthesis): MZB.Lace.14064 (MVZ 273686; ALS 502), MZB.Lace.14065 (MVZ 273687; ALS 505), MZB.Lace.14066 (MVZ 273688; ALS 530), MZB.Lace.14067 (MVZ 273689; ALS 531), MZB.Lace.14068 (MVZ 273690; ALS 533), MVZ 273692 (ALS 501), MVZ 273693 (ALS 503), MVZ 273694 (ALS 504), MVZ 273695 (ALS 532), MVZ 273696 (ALS 535). 
Comment 
EtymologyThe species epithet, pantai, is the word for beach in the Indonesian national language (Bahasa Indonesia). It reflects the habitat in which the new species was discovered—a seemingly obligate association with the seashore. All specimens were found within 2 m of the high tide line. 
References
  • STUBBS, ALEXANDER L.; BENJAMIN R. KARIN, UMILAELA ARIFIN, DJOKO T. ISKANDAR, EVY ARIDA, SEAN B. REILLY, LUKE M. BLOCH, AGUS KUSNADI, JIMMY A. MCGUIRE 2017. A new species of Lepidodactylus (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Kei Islands, Maluku, Indonesia Zootaxa 4350 (1): 091-105 - get paper here
 
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