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Geckolepis maculata PETERS, 1880

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Peters' Spotted Gecko 
SynonymGeckolepis maculata PETERS 1880: 509
Geckolepis maculata — BOULENGER 1885: 192
Geckolepis maculata — KLUGE 1993
Geckolepis maculata — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 275
Geckolepis maculata — RÖSLER 1995: 115
Geckolepis maculata — RÖSLER 2000: 79
Geckolepis maculata — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2015 
DistributionMadagascar, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Sakatia,Nosy Komba, Grande Comore (Comoro Island), Mayotte, Anfica, Nosy Fanihy.

Type locality: “Anfica, im nordwestlichen Madagascar”  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 9655
Syntype: MNHN-RA 1885.480–82 [humbloti] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Geckolepis that differs from all other species of the genus by the following combination of characters: innermost pair of large postmental scales make contact with each other posterior to the mental scale (Types D and E) or are seperated by a median postmental scale (Type F), maximum SVL < 80 mm, infralabials to level of anterior margin of eye 3.0–4.6, 22–30 scale rows around the midbody, and adult body coloration often marked by heavy dark spots. Geckolepis maculata can be distinguished from G. typica by a combination of maximum SVL (< 80 mm vs. < 57 mm), the number of scale rows around the midbody (22–30 vs. 26–36), the arrangement of the postmental scales posterior to the mental scale (Types D, E, F vs. Types A, B, C, D), and dark heavy spotting on body (usually present in adults vs. absent). Geckolepis maculata can be distinguished from G. polylepis by a combination of the maximum SVL (< 80 mm vs. < 51 mm), the number of scale rows around the midbody (22–30 vs. 30–37), the number of infralabials to level of anterior margin of eye (3.0–4.6 vs. 4.0–5.5), and dark heavy spotting on body (usually present in adults vs. absent). [from KÖHLER et al. 2009].
CommentBehavior: nocturnal 
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