Uroplatus finiavana RATSOAVINA, LOUIS JR., CROTTINI, RANDRIANIAINA, GLAW & VENCES, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Uroplatus finiavana?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Uroplatus finiavana RATSOAVINA, LOUIS JR., CROTTINI, RANDRIANIAINA, GLAW & VENCES 2011|
|Distribution||N Madagascar (Montagne d’Ambre massif)|
Type locality: Montagne d'Ambre, 700–1000 m elevation. Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: ZSM 328/2004 (FGZC 625, adult male, hemipenes partly everted) collected on 19–23 February 2004 by F. Glaw, M. Puente, R.D. Randrianiaina & A. Razafimanantsoa.|
Paratypes. ZSM 1132/2003 (FG/MV 2002-2387, adult male); ZSM 1133/2003 (FG/MV 2002-2388, adult male); ZSM 1134/2003 (FG/MV 2002-2390, adult female); and ZSM 1135/2003 (FG/MV 2002-3083, adult male), all collected at Montagne d'Ambre, on 17–20 February 2003 by F. Glaw, R. D. Randrianiaina & A. Razafimanant- soa.
|Comment||Uroplatus finiavana is morphologically similar to the sympatric U. ebenaui but differs in multiple character state expressions, among which are a longer tail and an unpigmentated oral mucosa. It also can be differentiated from U. ebenaui and all other Uroplatus spe- cies based on a high level of divergence in the mitochondrial ND4 gene and the nuclear C-mos gene, and no instances of haplotype sharing exist in these genes among the analysed species. The new species is relatively abundant at Montagne d'Ambre National Park where at lower elevations (ca. 700 m) it occurs together with U. ebenaui, without any signal of genetic admixture.|
|Etymology||The specific name is derived from the Malagasy word "finiavana" meaning initiative. We refer to the fact that we took the initiative to name the species following years of this taxon having been recognized as likely being distinct. The name is used as a noun in apposition.|
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