Cyrtodactylus capreoloides RÖSLER, RICHARDS & GÜNTHER, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus capreoloides?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus capreoloides RÖSLER, RICHARDS & GÜNTHER 2007|
Cyrtodactylus capreoloides — OLIVER et al. 2012
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: Seepage above Moro, 06° 22.099’ S, 143° 13’ E, 1000 m elevation, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.
|Types||Holotype: SAMA R62634, male adult.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis and comparisons. Distinguished from all other Melanesian Cyrtodactylus by the following unique suite of character states: moderate size (males to 78 mm, females to 84 mm); subcaudal scales much less than one-quarter transverse width of tail; mid-dorsal tubercles in approxi- mately 20–22 transverse rows; cephalic tubercles densely arranged in mid-dorsal region posterior to the orbitals; precloacal and femoral scales in a distinctly enlarged and continuous series; precloacal pores in broad and wide open chevron of 13–14; femoral pores in series ranging from 16 to 24, separate from precloacal pores and extending to knee; and dorsal pattern of 5–6 thin indistinct dorsal bands on light grey or buff background.|
The set of characters given above will readily distin- guish adults and juveniles of Cyrtodactylus capreoloides from most other described Melanesian Cyrtodactylus. It can be distinguished from the two most closely related species (C. boreoclivus and C. medioclivus sp. n.) by the absence of transversely widened subcaudal scales (less than one-quar- ter transverse width of tail) (Fig. 3), smaller adult size (adult SVL <90 mm), and higher number of and much thinner transverse dorsal bands. Cyrtodactylus ‘Huon Penin- sula’ is also similar in outward appearance, but can be dis- tinguished by its smaller adult size (SVL 72 vs. 84 mm), wider head (HW⁄SVL 0.21 vs. 0.17–0.20), lower number of precloacal (11 vs. 13) and femoral pores (7 vs. 16–17), and enlarged precloacal scales separated from the cloaca by <10 rows of much smaller scales (Oliver & Richards in press).
Of the other species found on the southern slopes of the Central Cordillera in Southern Highlands Province, Cyrtodactylus novaeguineae is much larger (adult SVL gener- ally over 100 mm) and has enlarged ventral tubercles on the throat; Cyrtodactylus serratus is larger (adult SVL 139 mm), has serrate tubercles (vs. low and rounded) along the lateral fold and extends to the tip of the original tail (vs. at most half length of original tail); and Cyrtodacty- lus papuensis is smaller (maximum SVL < 65 mm), lacks femoral pores and enlarged femoral scales and has precloa- cal pores arranged in a narrow chevron [from OLIVER et al. 2012].
|Comment||Specimens: only known from the holotype (OLIVER et al. 2012).|
|Etymology||named after Latin “capreolus” for roe deer in reference to the brownish colouration which resembles a roe deer in summer.|
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