Ebenavia tuelinae HAWLITSCHEK, SCHERZ, RUTHENSTEINER, CROTTINI & GLAW, 2018
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ebenavia tuelinae?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Ebenavia tuelinae HAWLITSCHEK, SCHERZ, RUTHENSTEINER, CROTTINI & GLAW 2018|
Ebenavia inunguis — BLANC 1971, partim
Ebenavia inunguis — BLANC 1972, partim
Ebenavia inunguis — NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY 1998, partim
Ebenavia inunguis — MEIRTE 1999, partim
Ebenavia inunguis — MEIRTE 2004
Ebenavia inunguis — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2011
Ebenavia inunguis — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2013
Ebenavia inunguis complex Clade A — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2016
Ebenavia inunguis complex Comoros Clade — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2016
Ebenavia cf. inunguis — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2017
|Distribution||Comor Islands (Grand Comoro, Mohéli, and Anjouan)|
Type locality: Dzialandée, Anjouan, Comoros (12.2277° S, 44.4320° E, 922 m elevation)
|Types||Holotype: ZSM 68/2010 (FGZC 1592), adult male, collected 21 March 2010, by O. Hawlitschek, J. Berger, B. Brückmann, and F. Glaw. Paratypes: ZSM 716/2000 (FG/MV 2000–816), adult male, collected 05 March 2000, on the slope of Mt. Karthala, Grand Comoro, Comoros (11.7161° S, 43.2886° E, 640 m a.s.l.), by F. Glaw and K. Schmidt; ZSM 64–65/2010 (FGZC 1529–1530), adult males, and ZSM 66/2010 (FGZC 1531), adult female, collected 01 March 2010, at Chalêt St. Antoine, Mohéli, Comoros (12.2884° S, 43.6642° E, 702 m a.s.l.), by O. Hawlitschek, J. Berger, and B. Brückmann; ZSM 67/ 2010 (FGZC 4027), adult male, collected 04 April 2010, at Singani, Grand Comoro, Comoros (11.8503° S, 43.2980° E, 22 m a.s.l.), by O. Hawlitschek, J. Berger, and B. Brückmann.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Morphological data is given in Table 2 and ESM 1, a photograph of a living specimen is available in Fig. 4c. Distinguished from Ebenavia maintimainty, E. boettgeri, and E. robusta sp. nov. by rostral scale in contact with nostril (RNO = yes); from E. maintimainty by larger SVL (32.9–35.2 vs. ≤ 24 mm), rostral scale bordered by postrostrals distinct from posterior head scales, absence of prenasal scale between rostral and nostril, keeled abdominal scales, and lighter colour; from E. inunguis by ratio HL/SVL (0.24–0.30 vs. 0.23–0.26), EE/HL (0.27–0.36 vs. 0.33–0.39), and higher DTAP (52–62 vs. 33– 43); from E. safari sp. nov. by ratio EE/HL (0.27–0.36 vs. 0.29–0.42), HINL/AGD (0.67–0.86 vs. 0.55–0.80), and higher DTAP (52–62 vs. 38–54); from E. boettgeri by ratio EE/HL (0.27–0.36 vs. 0.29–0.41), and higher DTAP (52–62 vs. 33– 49); from E. robusta sp. nov. by absence of distinct tubercles on hindlimbs (TUB = no), smaller SVL (32.9–35.2 vs. 34.4– 42.6 mm), smaller ratio of BW/SVL (0.13–0.17 vs. 0.15– 0.22), lower ILAB (9–10 vs. 10–11), IOS (18–21 vs. 20–23), and higher number of DTAP (52–62 vs. 46–51). Furthermore, distinguished from E. boettgeri and E. safari sp. nov. by short nasal process of premaxilla; from all other analysed Ebenavia except E. robusta sp. nov. by short premaxillary lappets of nasals; from E. safari sp. nov. by recognisable basal tubercle on basisphenoid; and from all other analysed Ebenavia by a codon insertion of AGG (Glutamine) at position 498 from the 5′ primer binding site of the PRLR fragment.|
|Comment||Habitat: mostly humid forests; ZSM 67/2010 was found in a pineapple plantation at sea level near a stand of dry forest). The specimens of Mohéli were all collected on or around a derelict hut on the central forest ridge. A further specimen was observed, but not collected, in a fragment of degraded dry forest near Ouallah (12.3270° S, 43.6578° E, 32 m a.s.l.).|
Distribution: see map in Hawlitschek et al. 2018: 48 (Fig. 5).
|Etymology||A matronym dedicated to the first author’s partner Tülin (alternative spelling Tuelin) for her ceaseless support of this and other works and for her excellent spotting abilities in the field.|
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