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Cyrtodactylus deccanensis (GÜNTHER, 1864)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Gunther's Indian Gecko, Banded Ground Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus deccanensis GÜNTHER 1864: 115
Gymnodactylus deccanensis — BOULENGER 1885: 36
Gymnodactylus dekkanensis — SMITH 1935: 59 (nom. subst., invalid emend.)
Gymnodactylus (Cyrtodactylus) deccanensis — WERMUTH 1965: 50
Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella) deccanensis — ULBER & GERICKE 1988
Geckoella deccanensis — KLUGE 1991
Geckoella deccanensis — KLUGE 1993
Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella) deccanensis — RÖSLER 2000: 65
Geckoella deccanensis — BAUER & GIRI 2004
Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella) deccanensis — WOOD et al. 2012
Geckoella deccanensis — AGARWAL & KARANTH 2015 
DistributionIndia (N Western Ghats, NW Maharashtra, Gujarat)

Type locality: “Deccan”, Bombay Presidency.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH, "Deccan" (the plains of peninsular India). 
CommentSynonymy: Gymnodactylus albofasciatus BOULENGER 1885 has been removed from the synonymy of G. dekkanensis by BAUER & GIRI (2004).
Two nominal species of Indian geckos, Geckoella deccanensis and G. albofasciata, are similar in general appearance and have been regarded as conspecific by some recent authors. Although there are no obvious morphometric differences between the two forms, they differ consistently in dorsal scalation and in juvenile colour pattern. Geckoella deccanensis is characterized by large, flattened, juxtaposed dorsal scales and a series of yellow cross-bands on the body, whereas G. albofasciata has smaller, heterogeneous, conical dorsal scales and juveniles posses a series of white dorsal trunk bands and a single, yellow nape band. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Bauer, A.M. & Giri, V. 2004. ON THE SYSTEMATIC STATUS OF GECKOELLA DECCANENSIS (GÜNTHER, 1864) AND G. ALBOFASCIATA (BOULENGER, 1885) (SQUAMATA: GEKKONIDAE). Hamadryad 28 (1-2): 51 – 58 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. L., Wood, P. L., Poyarkov, N. A., Le, M. D., Kraus, F., Agarwal, I., ... & Grismer, J. L. 2021. Phylogenetic partitioning of the third-largest vertebrate genus in the world, Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Reptilia; Squamata; Gekkonidae) and its relevance to taxonomy and conservation. Vertebrate Zoology 71: 101–154 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Karthik, P., P. Sharma & O.J. Nazareth 2018. Deccan Ground Gecko: An unusual body pattern of Cyrtodactylus deccanensis (GUnther, 1864) from Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, northern Western Ghats, India. Reptile Rap #189. In: Zoo's Print 33 (11): 12-14 - get paper here
  • Krysko, K. L.; Rehman, H. & Auffenberg, K. 2007. A new species of Cyrtopodion (Gekkonidae: Gekkoninae) from Pakistan. Herpetologica 63 (1): 100-113 - get paper here
  • MAYEKAR, PRASAD; MANDAR GHUMARE, SHASHANK RAUL, PRATHAMESH GHADEKAR & OMKAR YADAV. 2022. Xanthism in the Deccan Banded Gecko, Cyrtodactylus deccanensis (Günther 1864). Reptiles & Amphibians 29(1): 316–317. - get paper here
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  • Patel, Harshil; Raju Vyas, Vaibhav Naik, Bhautik Dudhatra & Shantilal K. Tank 2018. Herpetofauna of the Northern Western Ghats of Gujarat, India. Zoology and Ecology, DOI: 10.1080/21658005.2018.1499237 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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  • VYAS, RAJU and VIRAL PRAJAPATI 2012. Record of Geckoella deccanensis (Guenther 1864) (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Dang, Gujarat State, India. Gekko 6 (2): 2-6
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