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Gekko tawaensis OKADA, 1956

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Tawa Gecko 
SynonymGekko tawaensis OKADA 1956: 239
Gekko tawaensis — NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1963: 93
Gekko tawaensis — WERMUTH 1965: 41
Gekko tawaensis — KLUGE 1993
Gekko tawaensis — RÖSLER 2000: 82
Gekko (Japonigekko) tawaensis — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Japonigekko) tawaensis — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionJapan (Shikoku, Provinces Kagawa, Kagawa)

Type locality: Tawa, Nagao-machi, Okawa-gun, Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan.  
TypesHolotype: not given. 
CommentSynonymy: This species appears to be synonymous to Gekko japonicus as the two species hybridize readily. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Goris, R.C. & Maeda, N. 2004. Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Japan. Krieger, Malabar, 285 pp.
  • 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
  • Nakamura K & Uéno SI 1963. Japanese Reptiles and Amphibians in Colour [in Japanese]. Hoikusha, Osaka
  • 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
  • Okada, Sumio;Okawa, Hiroshi 1994. Gekko tawaensis in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Prefectures. Japanese Journal of Herpetology 15 (4): 141-142
  • Okada, Y. 1956. A new species of gekko from Shikoku, Japan. Annotaiones Zoologicae Japonenses, 29: 239-241.
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • 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, M., Hikida, T., Okada, S. & Ota, H. 2003. Contrasting patterns of genetic variation in the two sympatric geckos Gekko tawaensis and G. japonicus (Reptilia: Squamata) from western Japan, as revealed by allozyme analyses. Heredity (Edinb). 90, 90–97 (2003) - get paper here
  • Toda, M.; Okada, S.; Hikida, T.; Ota, H. 2006. Extensive natural hybridization between two geckos, Gekko tawaensis and Gekko japonicus (Reptilia: Squamata), throughout their broad sympatric area. Biochemical Genetics 44(1-2):1-17. - 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
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN; YING-YONG WANG, TIAN-DU ZHANG, YAN-JUN SUN & SHI-SHI LIN 2012. Genetic and morphological evidence on the species validity of Gekko melli Vogt, 1922, with notes on its diagnosis and range extension (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 3505: 67–74 - get paper here
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