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Gekko shibatai TODA, SENGOKU, HIKIDA & OTA, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymGekko shibatai TODA, SENGOKU, HIKIDA & OTA 2008
Gekko (Japonigekko) shibatai — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Japonigekko) shibatai — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionJapan (Ryukyu Archipelago)

Type locality: Takarajima Island in the Tokara Group, Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan.  
TypesHolotype: KUZ R52225, adult male, 9 Nov. 1995, H. Ota. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Gekko shibatai is distinguished from all other congeneric species except G. tawaensis and the other poreless species from the southern Tokara and Amami islands of the Ryukyus in lacking distinct preanal pores in adult males. This species is distinct from G. tawaensis by possessing enlarged dorsal tubercles on body and dark i rregul ar spots on the ventral surface of head (both absent in G. tawaensis). Gekko shibatai morphologically mos t resembl es t he ot her por el ess s peci es fr om the southern Tokara–Amami region, but differs from the latter by its smaller number of FGR (usually less than 17, vs. usually 17 or more in the latter), enlarged internasal (as small as the granules immediately posterior to it in the latter), and yellow supralabials and a conspicuous dark brown to black stripe on infralabial series on each side through upper part of mental (beige to light brown supraand infralabials each with diffusely outlined darker spots in the latter). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet shibatai is dedicated to Yasuhiko Shibata, who has greatly contributed to our knowledge on the diversity and distribution of Japanese Gekko. 
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE& THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. Morphological and molecular review of the Gekko diversity of Laos with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 3986 (3): 279–306 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2017. A new karst dwelling species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 4263 (1): 179-193 - get paper here
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; YING-YONG WANG, JIAN-HUAN YANG, TANJA LEHMANN, MINH DUC LE, THOMAS ZIEGLER, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI 2013. A new species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the border region between China and Vietnam. Zootaxa 3652 (5): 501–518 - get paper here
  • Shibaike, Y. et al. 2009. Chromosome Evolution in the Lizard Genus Gekko (Gekkonidae, Squamata, Reptilia) in the East Asian Islands. Cytogenet Genome Res 127: 182-190 - get paper here
  • Toda, Mamoru; Showichi Sengoku, Tsutomu Hikida, and Hidetoshi Ota 2008. Description of Two New Species of the Genus Gekko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Tokara and Amami Island Groups in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Copeia 2008 (2): 452–466 - 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
  • Wood, P. L., Guo, X., Travers, S. L., Su, Y. C., Olson, K. V., Bauer, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Siler, C. D., Moyle, R. G., Andersen, M. J. and Brown, R. M. 2020. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 146: 106731 [corrigendum: MPE 164: 107255] - get paper here
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