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Pseudogekko compresicorpus (TAYLOR, 1915)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesPhilippine False Gecko 
SynonymLuperosaurus compresicorpus TAYLOR 1915: 96
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — TAYLOR 1922
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — WERMUTH 1965: 151
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — KLUGE 1993
Pseudogecko [sic] compressicorpus — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pseudogekko compresicorpus — SILER et al. 2014 
DistributionPhilippines (Bohol, Luzon: Limay, Polillo, Masbate, Tablas)

Type locality: Limay, Bataan Province, Luzon.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype. BSMP (Bureau of Science, Manila) 1781, destroyed during World War II. 
CommentType species: Luperosaurus compresicorpus TAYLOR 1915 is the type species of the genus Pseudogekko TAYLOR 1922: 103.

Diagnosis (genus): The only external morphological character used to differentiate Pseudogekko from Lepidodactylus, is the preanofemoral pore series. In Pseudogekko, the series is described as being significantly arched anteromedially (versus non-arched in Lepidodactylus; Kluge, 1968).

Diagnosis. Pseudogekko compresicorpus can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size large (SVL 54.9–59.7 mm); (2) axilla– groin distance 49.3–55.2% SVL; (3) head length 16.1–18.0% SVL; (4) snout long 56.9– 64.6% head length; (5) Toe IV scansors 18 or 19; (6) paravertebral scales 226–234; (7) ventral scales 127–130; (8) supralabials 16– 20; (9) infralabials 13–16; (10) circumorbitals 39–45; (11) precloacal pores 13 or 14; (12) femoral pores absent; (13) dominant body coloration dark brown to tan; (14) conspicu- ous head spotting present, neon green; (15) conspicuous dorsolateral spotting present, faint, neon green; (16) conspicuous limb spotting present, faint, neon green; (17) tail banding absent; (18) body striping absent; (19) interorbital banding absent; and (20) ciliary ring coloration present, light blue (Fig. 3; Tables 1 and 2 in Siler et la. 2014). 
EtymologyThe species was named after its compressed body, but in the original description Taylor spelled it “compresicorpus”, apparently by accident and there seems to be no other occurrence of the word in the text. 
References
  • Brown; Rafe; Cameron Siler, Carl Oliveros, Luke Welton, Ashley Rock, John Swab, Merlijn Van Weerd, Jonah van Beijnen, Dominic Rodriguez, Edmund Jose, Arvin Diesmos 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines, VIII: the herpetofauna of Cagayan and Isabela Provinces, northern Sierra Madre Mou ntain Range. ZooKeys 266 (2013) Special Issue: 1-120<br />doi: 10.3897/zookeys.266.3982 - 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Siler, Cameron D. and Rafe M. Brown 2010. Phylogeny-based Species Delimitation in Philippine Slender Skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Brachymeles): Taxonomic Revision of Pentadactyl Species Groups and Description of Three New Species. Herpetological Monographs 24 (1): 1-54 - get paper here
  • SILER, CAMERON D.; DREW R. DAVIS, ARVIN C. DIESMOS, FAITH GUINTO, COLLIN WHITSETT, RAFE M. BROWN 2016. A new species of Pseudogekko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Romblon Island Group, Central Philippines. Zootaxa 4139 (2): 248–260 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; T. Alex Dececchi, Chris L. Merkord, Drew R. Davis, Tony J. Christiani, Rafe M. Brown 2013. Cryptic diversity and population genetic structure in the rare, endemic, forest-obligate, slender geckos of the Philippines. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1915. New species of Philippine lizards. Philip. J. Sci. 10: 89-109
  • Taylor, E.H. 1944. Present location of certain herpetological and other type specimens. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 30 (1): 117-187. - get paper here
  • Taylor,E.H. 1922. The lizards of the Philippine Islands. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Science, Government of the Philippine Islands, Manila, Publication no. 17: 269 pp. - get paper here
 
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