Luperosaurus angliit BROWN, DIESMOS & OLIVEROS, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Luperosaurus angliit?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Luperosaurus angliit BROWN, DIESMOS & OLIVEROS 2011|
Type locality: 91 m above sea level, Barangay Zabali, Municipality of Baler, Aurora Province, Luzon Island, Philippines (15.742°N; 121.576°E)
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9702 (Field Collection number ACD 3678), adult female, collected at 1930 h by Arvin C. Diesmos 5 April 2008. The holotype was captured on the perimeter fence surrounding the main administration building on the campus of Aurora State College of Technology. Paratypes.—KU 321815 (ACD 4901), PNM 9703 (ACD 4902), adult males, collected 5 July 2009, by Arvin C. Diesmos on tree trunks in coastal forest at sea level, Sitio Casapsapan, Barangay Culat, Municipality of Casiguran, Aurora Province, Luzon Island (16.293uN; 122.186uE); KU 308023 (RMB 7343), collected 12 February 2007 by J. Fernandez and C. Oliveros on a primary forest tree trunk, 350 m above sea level, Barangay Balatubat- Kauringan, Municipality of Calayan, Cagayan Province, Camiguin Norte Island.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The new species is distinguished from all species of Luperosaurus by (1) its relatively small, slender body; (2) reduced interdigital webbing; (3) reduced cutaneous expan- sions bordering the limbs; (4) absence of ventrolateral body tubercles; (5) absence of spinose tubercles on edges of cutaneous expansions ordering the limbs; (6) the presence of only a few ventrolateral tubercles on the caudal margin of each tail whorl; (7) postrictal and nuchal tubercles absent; (8) precloacofemorals 17–19; (9) relatively low numbers of supra- labials and infralabials; and (10) low subdigital scansors counts. A summary of the distribution of diagnostic character states in Philippine Luperosaurus is presented in Table 1 of BROWN et al. 2011.|
|Etymology||Etymology.—The specific epithet is taken from the Tagalog (Filipino) conjugation of the adjective maliit, meaning small or little. In colloquial usage, ang liit is used to denote or emphasize the small size of a particular object (the new species) in reference to another larger entity (L. cumingii) and translates to ‘‘the small one,’’ or ‘‘the little one.’’|
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