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Gekko remotus RÖSLER, INEICH, WILMS & BÖHME, 2012

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymGekko remotus RÖSLER, INEICH, WILMS & BÖHME 2012
Gekko (Sundagekko) remotus — WOOD et al. 2019 
DistributionPalau Islands (Babeldaob, Bablomekang, Beliliou, Kmekumer Island, Malakal, Ngeaur, Ngercheu, Ngeruais, Ngerekebesang, Ngerikeuid Island, Oreor, Ulebsechel and Ulong)

Type locality: Palau Islands  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 20611, male, coll. by Brock, before 1874, received from Godeffroy Museum, Hamburg (via Zoological Museum, University of Göttingen, ZIUG, 1977). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A species of the Gekko vittatus s.l. complex with which it is connected by its tubercles on throat and lateral folds as well as by colour pattern. From Gekko vittatus s.str. (phenotype 1) it is distinguished by pointed (versus blunt) nuchal tubercles and by the lack of a white, anteriorly forked vertebral stripe and of an annulated tail pattern. From Gekko cf. vittatus (phenotype 3, “Kei Is- lands”) Gekko remotus sp.n. is distinguished by less nu- merous precloacal and femoral pores (31–45 vs. 51–55) and from Gekko cf. vittatus (phenotype 4, “Nissan Atoll”) by a distinct flecked dorsal (vs. dark and light variegated) colour pattern.
CommentDiet: insects, fruit.

Similar species: G. vittatus, which which it has been confused previously. 
EtymologyThe species name is derived from the Latin adjective remotus, -a, -um, meaning far away, and refers to the remote, isolated distribution range of the new species. 
  • Rösler, Herbert; Ivan Ineich, Thomas M. Wilms & Wolfgang Böhme 2012. Studies on the taxonomy of the Gekko vittatus Houttuyn, 1782 complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) I. On the variability of G. vittatus Houttuyn, 1782 sensu lato, with the description of a new species from Palau Islands, Micronesia. Bonn zoological Bulletin 61 (2): 241–254 - get paper here
  • Wood Jr, Perry L.; Xianguang Guo, Scott L. Travers, Yong-Chao Su, Karen V. Olson, Aaron M. Bauer, L. Lee Grismer, Cameron D. Siler, Robert G. Moyle, Michael J. Andersen, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. bioRxiv 717520 - get paper here
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