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Hemidactylus barbierii SINDACO, RAZZETTI & ZILIANI, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Barbieri’s Turkana Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus barbierii SINDACO, RAZZETTI & ZILIANI in SINDACO et al. 2007
Hemidactylus barbierii — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 86 
DistributionN Kenya (from Lake Turkana)

Type locality: Kenya, Marsabit district, lagga Daudi (3°53’08”N – 36°19’02”E), about 17 km South of Koobi Fora not far from the eastern lake Turkana shore  
TypesHolotype: MSNPV CR849, adult male, U. Ziliani, E. Razzetti, R. Sindaco, C. Carugati leg., 7.VII.2005. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Hemidactylus (male SVL = 40 mm, female SVL = 50 mm), with a very distinctive dorsal banded pattern. Back covered by large, trihedral, strongly keeled tubercles intermixed with a few small, irregular shaped granules, forming 14 quite regular transverse rows from axilla to groin (counted along a paravertebral line); nostril in contact with the rostral, first supralabial, 1 enlarged internasal (post-rostral) and 2-3 postnasals; rostral scale divided longitudinally for half of its length in the superior part; 6 lamellae under the first toe and 10 under the 4th toe; sole without enlarged scales; male with 8 pre-cloacal pores; female without pores. 
Etymologynamed after Francesco Barbieri (1944-2001), Professor of Zoology at the University of Pavia. 
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Sindaco, R., Razzetti E., Ziliani U., Wasonga V., Carugati C., Fasola M. 2007. A New Species of Hemidactylus from Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Acta Herpetologica 2 (1): 37-48
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Ugo Ziliani; Edoardo Razzetti; Caterina Carugati; Cristina Grieco; Fabio Pupin; Badr Awadh Al-Aseily; Francesca Pella; Mauro Fasola 2009. A misunderstood new gecko of the genus Hemidactylus from Socotra Island, Yemen (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) . Acta Herpetologica 4 (1): 83-98 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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