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Goniurosaurus yamashinae (OKADA, 1936)

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Yamashina’s Leopard Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus yamashinae OKADA 1936
Amamisaurus kuroiwae yamashinae — BÖRNER 1981: 5
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae yamashinae — GRISMER 1988
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae yamashinae — GRISMER et al. 1994
Goniurosaurus yamashinae — DICKHOFF 2004
Goniurosaurus yamashinae — SEUFER et al. 2005
Goniurosaurus yamashinae — ZIEGLER et al. 2008
Goniurosaurus yamashinae — KURITA et al. 2017 
DistributionJapan (Kumejima)

Type locality: Kumejima Island, Okinawa group.  
TypesHolotype: lost (destroyed during WWII, fide L. Grismer, 17 Nov 2014, pers. comm.) 
CommentSynonymy: this species was listed as a synonym of Eublepharis kuroiwae orientalis by WERMUTH 1965: 29, citing NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1963.

Conservation: This species is endangered. 
EtymologyNamed after Marquis Yoshimaro Yamashina “who dispatched the present expedition” (OKADA 1936). 
  • Aizawa, Masaya 2021. Heimlich, still und schön - Okinawa-Krallengeckos. DATZ 2021 (5): 14-23
  • Börner, ACHIM RÜDIGER 1981. The genera of Asian eublepharine geckos and a hypothesis on their phylogeny. Miscellaneous Articles in Saurology 9: (1), 1-14 [privately printed], Cologne
  • Dickhoff, A. 2004. Ein Tiger im Terrarium - Haltung und Nachzucht von Goniurosaurus araneus (GRISMER, VIETS & BOYLE 1999). Draco 5 (18): 76-81 - get paper here
  • Grismer L L. Ota H. Tanaka S. 1994. Phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of Goniurosaurus kuroiwae (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan, with description of a new subspecies. Zoological Science (TOKYO) 11 (2): 319-335 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee 2002. Goniurosaurus: Ancient Gekkos of the Far East. Gekko 3 (1): 22-28
  • Grismer,L.L. 1997. Eublepharid Geckos - Living Relics of Gekkotan Evolution. Fauna 1 (1): 26-33
  • Janssen, Jordi & Chris R. Shepherd 2019. Trade in Endangered and Critically Endangered Japanese Herpetofauna Endemic to The Nansei Islands Warrants Increased Protection. Current Herpetology Feb 2019 Vol. 38, No. 1: 99-109 - get paper here
  • Kurita T, Honda M, Toda M. 2017. Species delimitation and biogeography of the Ryukyu ground geckos, Goniurosaurus kuroiwae ssp. (Squamata: Eublepharidae), by use of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA analyses. J Zool Syst Evol Res. 2017;00:1–14 - get paper here
  • Okada, Y. 1936. A new cave-gecko, Gymnodactylus yamashinae from Kumejima, Okinawa group. Proceedings of the Imperial Academy [of Japan], 12:53-54. - get paper here
  • Seufer, H.; Y. Kaverkin & A. Kirschner (eds.) 2005. Die Lidgeckos. Kirschner und Seufer Verlag, 238 pp.
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and L. Lee Grismer 2013. A New Species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from Libo, Guizhou Province, China. Herpetologica 69 (2): 214-226. - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and Rong-Feng Cui 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF GONIUROSAURUS (SQUAMATA: EUBLEPHARIDAE) FROM YINGDE, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA. Herpetologica 66 (2): 229 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T.; Truong, N.Q.; Schmitz, A.; Stenke, R. & Rösler, H. 2008. A new species of Goniurosaurus from Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong, northern Vietnam (Squamata: Eublepharidae). Zootaxa 1771: 16–30 - get paper here
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