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Luperosaurus angliit BROWN, DIESMOS & OLIVEROS, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLuperosaurus angliit BROWN, DIESMOS & OLIVEROS 2011 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon)

Type locality: 91 m above sea level, Barangay Zabali, Municipality of Baler, Aurora Province, Luzon Island, Philippines (15.742°N; 121.576°E)  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: 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. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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. 
EtymologyThe 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.’’ 
  • Brown, Rafe M.; Arvin C. Diesmos, and Carl H. Oliveros 2011. New Flap-Legged Forest Gecko (Genus Luperosaurus) from the Northern Philippines. Journal of Herpetology 45 (2): 202-210. - get paper here
  • Gojo-Cruz, Paul Henric P. and Leticia E. Afuang 2018. The Zoogeographic Significance of Caraballo Mountain Range, Luzon Island, Philippines With Focus on the Biogeography of Luzon’s Herpetofauna. Philippine Journal of Science 147 (3): 393-409 - get paper here
  • Rafe M. Brown, Cameron D. Siler, Indraneil Das, Yong Min 2012. Testing the phylogenetic affinities of Southeast Asia’s rarest geckos: Flap-legged geckos (Luperosaurus), Flying geckos (Ptychozoon) and their relationship to the pan-Asian genus Gekko. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 915-921 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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