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Afroedura waterbergensis JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Waterberg Rock Gecko 
SynonymAfroedura waterbergensis JACOBSEN, KUHN, JACKMAN & BAUER 2014: 488
Afroedura langi 'Waterberg' — JACOBSEN 1990
Afroedura langi 'Waterberg' — JACOBSEN 1992
Afroedura langi 'Waterberg' — JACOBSEN 1997 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Limpopo)

Type locality: Farm Waterval 601LQ, 23°53' S, 27°39' E, Waterberg District (2327DC), Limpopo Province.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 81266, adult female, collectors N. H. G. Jacobsen & R. E. Newbery, 20 January 1987. Paratypes. DNMNH (= TM) 81267, 81269, 81273, Farm Fancy 556LQ, Waterberg District, Limpopo Province (2327DC), collectors N. H. G. Jacobsen & R. E. Newbery, 22 January 1987. DNMNH (= TM) 81268, 81270, Farm Fourieskloof 557LQ, Waterberg District, Limpopo Province (2327DC), collector R. E. Newbery, 26 September 1979; DNMNH (= TM) 81271–81272, same data as for holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Afroedura (maximum SVL 46 mm) differing from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: two pairs of enlarged subdigital lamellae per digit; tail moderately verticillate (semi- verticillate) and flattened near base, with four subcaudal rows and 7 supracaudal rows per verticil; dorsal scales smooth, 92–99 scale rows at midbody; internasal scales absent; 4–7 precloacal pores in males.
Afroedura waterbergensis is a member of the A. langi complex and may be easily distinguished from all other members of this clade on the basis of its low number of precloacal pores (see Table 4).
CommentHabitat: rupicolous gecko found in crevices between rocks on rocky outcrops and cliff faces of Waterberg sandstone. It inhabits both vertical and horizontal dry crevices 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the Waterberg massif, Limpopo Province, to which the species is endemic. 
  • Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1990. A Herpetological Survey of the Transvaal. PhD Dissertation, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, 1621 pp
  • Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1992. Flat Geckos Genus Afroedura in the Transvaal. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (40): 22-25 - get paper here
  • Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1997. Family Gekkonidae, Genus Afroedura. In: Van Wyk, J.H. (Ed.), Proceedings of the FitzSimons Commemorative Symposium, South African Lizards: 50 years of Progress and Third H.A.A. Symposium on African Herpetology, Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Afric Herpetological Association of Africa, Stellenbosch, pp. 34–39.
  • JACOBSEN, NIELS H. G.; ARIANNA L. KUHN, TODD R. JACKMAN & AARON M. BAUER 2014. A phylogenetic analysis of the southern African gecko genus Afroedura Loveridge (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with the description of nine new species from Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. Zootaxa 3846 (4): 451–501 - 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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