Gekko wenxianensis ZHOU & WANG, 2008
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Chinese: 文县壁虎|
|Synonym||Gekko wenxianensis ZHOU & WANG 2008|
Gekko (Japonigekko) wenxianensis — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Japonigekko) wenxianensis — WOOD et al. 2020
|Distribution||China (Qinling Mts in Gansu)|
Type locality: China, Gansu Province, Wenxian County, Danbao Village on the south slope of the west Qinling Mts, 32°51’N; 104°46’E, elevation 905 m
|Types||Holotype: NJNU (also as NNU Z) 2006.013, adult male, Nanjing Normal University; collected by J.Y. Zhang, 2 August 2006. Paratypes. NJNU = NNU Z 2006.001–012, Z 2006.014–043), 21 males and 21 females; same data and collector as for holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Gekko wenxianensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: body size moderate; nostril in contact with rostral; dorsal tubercles oval or conical, extending from occiput and temporal region on to back and tail base, lacking on forelimb and thigh; 42–44 ventral scales across belly; short web between the toes; 6–8 precloacal pores in continuous series in male; tailbase with 2–3 (usually 2) cloacal spurs on each side. From their most morphologically similar con- gers they can be distinguished by: the lack of forelimb and thigh tubercles from G. japonicus; usually 2 cloacal spurs (versus mostly 3 in G. japonicus and G. taibaiensis, and 1 in G. hokouensis); and a continuous series of precloacal pores in males (versus left and right series separated by a single scale in G. taibaiensis).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a latinization of the name Wenxian, Gansu Province, China.|
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