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Goniurosaurus kuroiwae (NAMIYE, 1912)

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Kuroiwa's eyelid gecko, Kuroiwa’s Leopard Gecko, Tokashiki Gecko
G: Okinawa-Krallengecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus albofasciatus kuroiwae NAMIYE 1912
Eublepharis orientalis — OKADA 1936
Gymnodactylus albofasciatus kuroiwae — OKADA 1958: 104
Eublepharis kuroiwae — WERMUTH 1965: 28
Eublepharis kuroiwae kuroiwae — NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1963
Amamisaurus kuroiwae — BÖRNER 1981
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae — GRISMER 1987: 44
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae — SEUFER et al. 2005
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae — KURITA et al. 2017 
DistributionJapan (Okinawajima, Sesokojima, and Kourijima)

Type locality: Ryukyu Islands
Type locality: Mt. Taniyo-dake, Haneji, Kunigami-gun, Okinawajima (fide OTA 1989).  
TypesHolotype: NSMT H022525 
CommentSynonymy: Gymnodactylus yamashinae OKADA 1936 has been synonymized with G. k. orientalis by NAKAMURA & UANO (1963) and OTA 1989. Both forms have been confused often.

Subspecies: Many recent authors consider all previous subspecies of Goniurosaurus kuroiwae as valid species. Honda et al. (2014) found substantial genetic divergence between G. k. splendens from the Amami Island Group and the remaining subspecies all from the Okinawa Island Group; and at least six independent lineages within the latter, indicating non-monophyly for two of the subspecies, G. k. kuroiwae and G. k. orientalis.

Conservation: A new extinct subspecies from Yoronjima Island (Ryukyu Archipelago) was recently described as Goniurosaurus kuroiwae yunnu Nakamura, Takahashi and Ota 2014. 
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  • HONDA, Masanao and Hidetoshi OTA 2017. On the Live Coloration and Partial Mitochondrial DNA Sequences in the Topotypic Population of Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis (Squamata: Eublepharidae), with Description of a New Subspecies from Tokashikijima Island, Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Asian Herpetological Research 8 (2): 96–107; DOI: 10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.170003 - get paper here
  • Honda, Masanao; Takaki Kurita, Mamoru Toda, and Hidetoshi Ota 2014. Phylogenetic Relationships, Genetic Divergence, Historical Biogeography and Conservation of an Endangered Gecko, Goniurosaurus kuroiwae (Squamata: Eublepharidae), from the Central Ryukyus, Japan. Zoological Science 31 (5): 309-320. - get paper here
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