Hemidactylus arnoldi LANZA, 1978
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus arnoldi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Arnold's Leaf-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus arnoldi LANZA 1978: 243|
Hemidactylus arnoldi — RÖSLER 2000: 85
Hemidactylus arnoldi — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 289
Hemidactylus arnoldi — LIVIGNI 2013: 287
|Distribution||NW Somalia, probably adjacent Djibouti and Ethiopia|
Type locality: Guban region at 11°00’N 43°00’E, 1500 feet elevation, Somalia
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19184.108.40.2066, adult female|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A stout, big Hemidactylus (body length of the only known adult specimen = 82 mm) with: back covered with granules among which are scattered large, strongly keeled, subtrihedral tubercles forming 20 more or less regular longitudinal rows; tail shorter than the body, subcylindrical, tapering, without any basal constriction; nostril bordered by rostral, 1st labial and 3 nasals; 12-13 upper labials; 8-9 lower labials; 10 subdigital lamellae under the 1st and 14 under the 4th toe; a roundish, smooth, slightly convex, enlarged scale surrounded by the granular scales of the sole, halfway between the base of the 1st and 5th toe; very distinctive dorsal colour pattern of broad, dark, transverse bars on the neck, trunk, tail and limbs. Adult male unknown, but almost surely with preanal pores only (if present), as the adult female and the young male so far known lack enlarged scales under the thighs.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Named after E. N. Arnold (1940-), formerly of the British Museum.|
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