Gekko adleri NGUYEN, WANG, YANG, LEHMANN, LE, ZIEGLER & BONKOWSKI, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gekko adleri?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Adler’s Gecko|
G: Adlers Gecko
Vietnamese: Tắc kè ad-lo
|Synonym||Gekko adleri NGUYEN, WANG, YANG, LEHMANN, LE, ZIEGLER & BONKOWSKI 2013|
Gekko (Japonigekko) adleri — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Japonigekko) adleri — WOOD et al. 2020
|Distribution||S China (Guangxi), N Vietnam (Cao Bang)|
Type locality: karst forest near Ban Coong Village (22°43.666’N, 106°39.054’E, at an elevation of 588 m elevation), in Duc Quang Commune, Ha Lang District, Cao Bang Province, northern Vietnam.
|Reproduction||oviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2012.24, adult male, collected on 15 October 2011 by T. Q. Nguyen and C. T. Pham. Paratypes (13 adult males, 7 adult females, 4 subadults): Seven specimens from Tongling Canyon, Qingzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China (23°00.185’N, 106°40.037’E, at elevations between 450−550 m): SYS r000457, adult male, collected by Jian-Huan Yang (JHY hereafter), Run-Lin Li (RLL hereafter) at 2:35 on 20 August 2011; SYS r000263, adult male, collected by JHY at 17:30 on 6 August 2010; SYS r000458, adult female, collected by JHY and RLL at 1:32 on 20 August 2010; SYS r000456, adult male, collected by JHY and RLL at 1:44 on 20 August 2011; SYS r000459, SYS r000460−r0000461, subadult males, collected by JHY and RLL between 1:21−3:00 on 20 August 2011. Other paratypes in ZFMK, IEBR, SYS, VNMN.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Gekko adleri sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining congeners by a combination of the following characters: size moderate (SVL<80 mm); nares in contact with rostral; internasal single, smaller than supranasal; postmentals enlarged; interorbital scales between anterior corners of the eyes 27–36; dorsal tubercle rows 7–11; ventral scales between mental and cloacal slit 168–190; midbody scale rows 123–144; ventral scale rows 35–44; subdigital lamellae on first toe 11–14, on fourth toe 11–15; finger and toe webbing present at base; tubercles absent on upper surface of fore limbs; tubercles on tibia 0–8; precloacal pores 17–21 in males; postcloacal tubercle single; tubercles present on dorsal surface of tail base; subcaudals enlarged; dorsal surface of body with four or five narrow light bands between shoulder and sacrum.|
|Comment||Distribution: possibly in Yunnan (China) but records from there are questionable (Wang et al. 2022).|
|Etymology||Named in honor of Professor Dr Kraig Adler, Cornell University (New York, USA), in recognition of his contribution to herpetological research in China and Vietnam.|
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