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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Central Visayan gecko 
DistributionPhilippines (Negros, Cebu)

Type locality: Mt. Talinis, Barangay Bongbong, Municipality of Valencia, Negros Oriental Province, Negros Island, Philippines (N: 9.26000°, E: 123.20327°; WGS 84; 1100 m elev.)  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: PNM 9518 (CDS Field No. 954, formerly KU 302818), adult female, collected at 22:00 h on 21 February 2005, by CDS; paratypes: CAS, CAS-SUR, KU, TNHC, 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Pseudogekko atiorum can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size moderate (SVL 41.1–52.5 mm); (2) axilla–groin distance moderate (19.4–28.4 mm); (3) head length moderate (7.4–9.4 mm); (4) snout length long (4.3–5.8 mm); (5) Toe-IV scansors 14–17; (6) paravertebral scales 226–240; (7) ventral scales 119–129; (8) supralabials 15–17; (9) infralabials 12–15; (10) circumorbitals 35–38; (11) precloacal pores 13–15; (12) femoral pores absent; (13) dominant body coloration dark brown; (14) conspicuous head spotting present, cream; (15) conspicuous dorsolateral spotting present, cream; (16) conspicuous limb spotting absent; (17) tail banding absent; (18) body striping absent; (19) interorbital banding present, light brown; (20) iris ring coloration absent (Tables 1, 2; Figs. 3–6). 
EtymologyWe derive the new species name in honor of the Ati people, a Negrito ethnic group believed to be among the first to colonize the central Philippines. Similar to this new species of Pseudogekko, Inati (the native language of the Ati), is infrequently encountered and possibly threatened, and is estimated to be spoken by fewer than 2,000 people. The specific epithet is a noun of masculine gender. 
  • BROWN, RAFE M.; CAMILA G. MENESES, PERRY L. WOOD, JR., JASON B. FERNANDEZ, MICHAEL A. CUESTA, MICHAEL A. CLORES, CLAIRE TRACY, MATT BUEHLER, AND CAMERON D. SILER 2020. Unexpected Discovery of Another New Species of Philippine False Gecko (Gekkonidae; Pseudogekko) from the Bicol Peninsula of Luzon Island. Herpetologica 76 (3): - get paper here
  • DAVIS, DREW R.; JESSA L. WATTERS, GUNTHER KÖHLER, COLLIN WHITSETT, NICHOLAS A. HURON, RAFE M. BROWN, ARVIN C. DIESMOS & CAMERON D. SILER 2015. Redescription of the rare Philippine false gecko Pseudogekko brevipes (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) and description of a new species. Zootaxa 4020 (2): 357–374 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; Drew R. Davis, Jessa L. Watters, Elyse S. Freitas, Oliver W. Griffith, Jake Wilson B. Binaday, Athena Heart T. Lobos, Ace Kevin S. Amarga, and Rafe M. Brown 2017. First Record of the Pseudogekko brevipes Complex from the Northern Philippines, with Description of a New Species. Herpetologica 73 (2): 162-175 - get paper here
  • SUPSUP, Christian E.; Nevong M. PUNA, Augusto A. ASIS, Bernard R. REDOBLADO, Maria Fatima G. PANAGUINIT, Faith M. GUINTO, Edmund B. RICO, Arvin C. DIESMOS, Rafe M. BROWN and Neil Aldrin D. MALLARI 2016. Amphibians and Reptiles of Cebu, Philippines: The Poorly Understood Herpetofauna of an Island with Very Little Remaining Natural Habitat. Asian Herpetological Research 2016, 7(3): 151–179 DOI: 10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.150049 - 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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