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Goggia hexapora (BRANCH, BAUER & GOOD, 1995)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cedarberg Dwarf Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymPhyllodactylus hexaporus BRANCH, BAUER & GOOD 1995
Phyllodactylus lineatus — FITZSIMONS 1935: 527 (part.)
Phyllodactylus lineatus rupicolus — FITZSIMONS 1943: 29 (part.)
Goggia hexapora — BAUER et al. 1997
Goggia hexapora — BATES et al. 2014: 111 
DistributionSW South Africa

Type locality: Pakhuis Pass, Cedarberg, Clanwilliam District, Western Cape.  
TypesHolotype: PEM R10993 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from other members of the P. lineatus complex by a combination of the following features: usually six preanal pores in males, a high number of midbody scale rows (75-91), 8-13 scales between the nostril and anterior margin of the orbit, usually 1 (0-3) nasorostral granule, and a dorso-ventrally flattened head and body (Branch et al. 1995: 41).

Description: Holotype. PEM R10993, adult male. Head dorso-ventrally flattened (width 5.74, depth 2.65, length 8.27 mm); snout (2.91 mm long) rounded, and twice the eye diameter (1.45 mm); ear opening small, obliquely rounded, and without enlarged lobules or a tympanic shield; rostral subpentagonal with a median cleft above; nostril pierced between rostral, 1st supralabial and three nasals, the largest bordering the rostral; three nasorostral granules, and II granules between nostril and anterior margin of the orbit; pupil vertical, constricting to two pin holes; eight supralabials and seven infralabials; 18 granules across crown between dorsal margin of orbit at front of eye; mental subpentagular bordered by three chinshields, the middle one being smaller than those on either side; seven granules bordering chinshields, that are smaller than the chinshields. Body short (snout-vent length 28.51 mm) and dorsoventrally flattened, covered dorsally with uniform, smooth, flattened, subimbricate granules; belly covered in smooth, hexagonal, imbricate scales that are much larger than on back; 75 scales around midbody. Limbs moderate and covered in uniform, flattened, subimbricate granules; digits flattened basally, witb tbree rows of subdigital granules, tbe median series slightly broader; toe tips rounded, only slightly expanded and bearing a pair of large, subrectangular scansers that enclose a small claw. An angular series of six preanal pores present; three enlarged tubercular scales on either side of tail base near vent. Tail (25.77 mm) fully regenerated, swollen at base with shallow depression dorsally along midline, and covered ahove and below in smooth, flattened subimbricate granules (Branch et al. 1995: 41, Figure 1E). 
EtymologyNamed for the presence of six preanal pores in males. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bauer A M. Good D A. Branch W R. 1997. The taxonomy of the Southern African leaf-toed geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with a review of Old World "Phyllodactylus" and the description of five new genera. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 49 (14): 447-497. - get paper here
  • Branch, W. R., A. M. BAUER & D. A. GOOD 1995. Species limits in the Phyllodactylus lineatus complex (Reptilia: Gekkonidae), with the elevation of two taxa to specific status and the description of two new species. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 44 (2): 33-54. - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V. F. 1935. Notes on a collection of reptiles and amphibians made in the Southern Kalahari, Bushmanland, and Great and Little Namaqualand. Annals Transvaal Mus., Pretoria 17: 519-550 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • HEINICKE, MATTHEW P.; DILARA TURK, AARON M. BAUER 2017. Molecular phylogeny reveals strong biogeographic signal and two new species in a Cape Biodiversity Hotspot endemic mini-radiation, the pygmy geckos (Gekkonidae: Goggia). Zootaxa 4312 (3): 449–470 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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