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Paragehyra felicitae Crottini, Harris, Miralles, Glaw, Jenkins, Randrianantoandro, Bauer & Vences, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymParagehyra felicitae CROTTINI, HARRIS, MIRALLES, GLAW, JENKINS, RANDRIANANTOANDRO, BAUER & VENCES 2014 
DistributionSC Madagascar (Fianarantsoa)

Type locality: Anja reserve near Ambalavao, 21° 51′ 3.40′′ S, 46° 50′ 34.10′′ E, 953 m elevation, Haute Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa province, southern central Madagascar.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZSM 1611/2010 (ZCMV 13001), adult male with everted hemipenes, collected on 9th December 2009 by Angelica Crottini, D. James Harris, Iker A. Irisarri, Alexandra Lima, Solohery Rasamison and Emile Rajeriarison.
Paratypes ZSM 1612/2010 (ZCMV 13002), adult male with everted hemipenes, ZSM 1613/2010 (ZCMV 13003), adult female, and UADBA uncatalogued (ZCMV 13057), unsexed juvenile, all collected at the same locality and dates as the holotype; ZSM 1610/2010 (ZCMV 12794), adult male with everted hemipenis, and UADBA R71044 (ZCMV 12793), collected on a dispersed granitic rock, 600 m east of the Anja reserve at 21° 51′ 03.0′′ S, 46° 50′ 02.0′′ E, 1010 m a.s.l., Haute Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa province, southern central Madagascar, on 8th December 2010 by Aurélien Miralles and Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina; UADBA R71043 (ZCMV 12792) collected in the Anja reserve, at 21° 51′ 07′′ S, 46° 50′ 38′′ E, approx 950 m a.s.l., 8th December 2010 by Aurélien Miralles and Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina. 
CommentDiagnosis A Paragehyra with 12 longitudinal rows of en- larged tubercles on dorsolateral surfaces of the body (character BT); enlarged tubercles on dorsal surfaces of limbs (character TDL); transverse rows of enlarged tubercles encircle dorso- lateral surface of tail (character TT); enlarged infralabials diminish gradually in size posteriorly (character I); small lateral chin scales extend forward along each side, excluded from contact with first infralabials, in contact with first postmentals and second infralabials (character C); ventral scales on distal (tibial) segment of hindlimb enlarged into plates, especially distally (character VET); scales on preaxial-ventral portion of pes between end of tibia and base of digit I relatively large and few, generally six scales (char- acter SPP); two to three small, subdigital scales between enlarged basal scales and terminal distal pad on digit I of manus and pes (character SS); four to six subdigital scales on claw-bearing segment of digit II–V of manus and pes (character SSC); smooth dorsal scales equal size to ventrals (character DO); smooth unpigmented ventral scales (character VE); smooth pigmented subcaudal scales (character SC); triangular mental scale (character ME); first large postmental scales in contact for more than 50 % of their length (character 1PM).
P. felicitae sp. nov. is most similar to P. petiti from which it differs in the following seven characters: BT (12 vs. 10 longitudinal rows of enlarged tubercles dorsolaterally on the body), TDL (enlarged tubercles on proximal and distal seg- ment of dorsal surfaces of limbs vs. presence of enlarged tubercles on distal segment of forelimbs), I (enlarged infralabials diminish gradually in size posteriorly vs. first four to six infralabials much larger than reminder), SPP (six vs. five scales on preaxial-ventral portion of pes between end of tibia and base of digit I), DO (smooth dorsal scales of equal size as ventrals vs. smooth dorsal scales smaller than ventrals), SC (smooth pigmented subcaudal scales vs. smooth unpigmented subcaudal scales), ME (triangle-shaped mental scale vs. bell- shaped mental scale).
Paragehyra felicitae sp. nov. differs from P. gabriellae in nine characters: BT (12 longitudinal rows of enlarged tuber- cles dorsolaterally on the body vs. small tubercles not ar- ranged in distinct rows); TDL (presence of enlarged tubercles on dorsal surfaces of limbs vs. absence), TT (presence of transverse rows of enlarged tubercles on tail vs. absence), VET (6 enlarged ventral scales on distal (tibial) segment of hindlimb vs. ventral scales on distal (tibial) segment of hindlimb of normal size), SPP (6 large scales along preaxial- ventral border of pes vs. 7–9 small scales along preaxial- ventral border of pes), SS (2–3 small, subdigital scales be- tween enlarged basal scales and terminal distal pad on digit I of manus and pes vs. 7–10 smaller scales), SSC (subdigital scales on claw-bearing segment of digit II–Vof manus and pes large and subequal vs. numerous small scales increasing grad- ually in size distally), VE (smooth unpigmented ventral scales vs. smooth pigmented ventral scales), 1PM (first large postmental scales in contact for more than the 50 % of their length vs. first large postmental scales in contact for equal or less than the 50 % of their length). 
EtymologyD. J. Harris dedicates this new species in honour of Dr. Felicity O’Malley. The specific name is thus a matronym. 
References
  • Crottini, Angelica; D. James Harris, Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Richard K. B. Jenkins, J. Christian Randrianantoandro, Aaron M. Bauer and Miguel Vences 2014. Morphology and Molecules reveal Two New Species of the poorly studied Gecko Genus Paragehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Madagascar. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 15:175–198; DOI 10.1007/s13127-014-0191-5 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - get paper here
 
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