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Goniurosaurus sinensis ZHOU, PENG, HOU & YUAN, 2019

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymGoniurosaurus sinensis ZHOU, PENG, HOU & YUAN 2019 
DistributionChina (Hainan)

Type locality: somewhere in the central and western mountains of Hainan Island, China.  
TypesHolotype: BL-RBZ (presumably, text is in Chinese); paratypes: BL-RBZ. 
DiagnosisGoniurosaurus sinensis’ main identification features are as following: (1) the anorectal distance is between 98.64 to 105.7 mm; (2) they have 8 scales around the nostrils; (3) 1 scale between the two nostrils; (4) there are 50-57 scales on the edge of the Goniurosaurus sinensis eyelids; (5) it has 115-123 scales in the middle of the body; (6) there are 11一12 scales on the back; (7) in the upper part
of the male cloaca, there are 23—27 scales; (8) claws are wrapped in four scales; (9) the colour on the back of the adult Goniurosaurus sinensis is brown with irregular black-brown spots, mottled marked. There are 4 yellow stripes with black edges on the front and back of their bodies. One is on the back of the head,slightly curved to the sides extending forward along the head to the eyes; one is behind the shoulders, anther is in the middle of the body and the last one is behind the tail group; (10) there are golden spots on the sides of the femur of the Goniurosaurus sinensis, of which extend all the way to the knees; (11) the eggs of the Goniurosaurus sinensis are bigger and heavier than other Goniurosaurus hainanensis (length: 27.17 mm, width: 14.34 mm, weight 2.20 g, n=2). 
CommentSynonymy: this species may be synonymous with G. kwanghua.

The description is in Chinese, hence we provide only data from the abstract of the paper and some figure legends. 
EtymologyNamed after its occurrence in China. 
  • ZHOU Runbang; PENG Xiaopeng; HOU Mian; YUAN Fei 2019. A new species of genus Goniurosaurus - G. Sinensis [in Chinese]. Journal of Shihezi University (Natural Science) 37 (5): 549-556
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