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Gymnodactylus vanzolinii CASSIMIRO & RODRIGUES, 2009

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymGymnodactylus vanzolinii CASSIMIRO & RODRIGUES 2009 
DistributionBrazil (Bahia)

Type locality: Serra do Sincorá, Chapada Diamantina, Mucugê municipality (13°09’S, 41°24’W), ca. 1,000 m elevation, State of Bahia, Brazil.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MZUSP 68286 (adult female), field number 80.6069 (SVL 52.3 mm, TL 70 mm), collected 27–28 September 1987 by M. T. Rodrigues. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Gymnodactylus with a slender body, head distinct from neck, and tail longer than body. G. vanzolinii sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other species of the genus by the following combination of characters: 10–12 (n = 14) longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles; 22–29 (n = 13) tubercles in a paramedian row; 18–22 (n = 11) transverse ventrals at midbody; 16–18 (n = 17) subdigital lamellae under fourth finger; 18–21 (n = 15) subdigital lamellae under fourth toe; color pattern with transverse dark bands along the dorsum. 
EtymologyThe specific name is a homage to Dr. Paulo Emílio Vanzolini (1924-2013), one of the most distinguished Brazilian zoologists. About Vanzolini see Heyer (2004), Bastos & Sa 2011, and Dirksen 2013. 
  • Bastos, Francisco Inácio & Magali Romero Sa 2011. The scientist as historian: Paulo Vanzolini and the origins of zoology in Brazil. História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro 18 (4): 1021-1038 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • CASSIMIRO, JOSÉ & MIGUEL T. RODRIGUES. 2009. A new species of lizard genus Gymnodactylus Spix, 1825 (Squamata: Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae) from Serra do Sincorá, northeastern Brazil, and the status of G. carvalhoi Vanzolini, 2005. Zootaxa 2008: 38-52 - get paper here
  • Dirksen, Lutz 2013. Paulo Emilio Vanzolini. Ein Herpetologe aus Leidenschaft. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (5): 52-54 - get paper here
  • Freitas, M.A.; D. Veríssimo; V. Uhlig. 2012. Squamate Reptiles of the central Chapada Diamantina, with a focus on the municipality of Mucugê, state of Bahia, Brazil. Check List 8(1):16-22 - get paper here
  • Heyer, W.R. 2004. Historical perspectives: Paulo Emílio Vanzolini. Copeia, 2004, 184–189 - get paper here
  • Uchôa LR, Delfim FR, Mesquita DO, Colli GR, Garda AA, Guedes TB 2022. Lizards (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Caatinga, northeastern Brazil: Detailed and updated overview. Vertebrate Zoology 72: 599-659 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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