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Hemidactylus bavazzanoi LANZA, 1978

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Somali Banded Gecko, Bavazzano’s (Leaf-toed) Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus bavazzanoi LANZA 1978
Hemidactylus bavazzanoi — RÖSLER 2000: 85
Hemidactylus bavazzanoi — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 291
Hemidactylus bavazzanoi — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 87 
DistributionS Somalia (Lugh), S Ethiopia, NE Kenya (Mandera)

Type locality: ca 20 km SE of Lugh, at ca 03°40’N 42°40’E, Somalia.  
TypesHolotype: MZUF 21886, adult male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. An apparently medium-sized Hemidactylus (body length of the only known adult male=40 mm) with: back covered with small, smooth, subimbricate, slightly heterogeneous scales among which are scat- tered large, strongly keeled, subtrihedral tubercles forming 16-18 more or less regular longitudinal rows; tail subcylindrical, tapering, without any basal constriction and with numerous dorsal keeled tubercles (its length unknown); nostril bordered by rostral, 1st labial and 4 nasals, the uppermost one in contact with its fellow; 9-10 upper and 8 lower labials; 6 subdigital, moderately enlarged lamellae under the 1st and 9 under the 4th toe; male with preanal pores (7 in the only known specimen); a very distinctive dorsal Hemidactylus fasciatus-like black pattern, on a pink ground, consisting of a broad crescentic nuchal band, two transverse bands on the trunk, a transverse band at the base of the tail and some caudal annula. 
Etymology“This species, perhaps the finest Somalian Hemidactylus, is respectfully dedicated by its collector Prof. A. M. Simonetta and by the author to the memory of their friend R. Bavazzano, technician of the Istituto Botanico dell'Universita of Florence, an enthusiast and skilled botanist whose research greatly improved our knowledge on the East African flora.” 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Lanza B 1978. On some new or interesting east African amphibians and reptiles. Monitore Zoologico Italiano supplemento 10 (14): 229-297 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2006. Lizards of Ethiopia (Reptilia Sauria): an annotated checklist, bibliography, gazetteer and identification. Tropical Zoology 19 (1): 21-109 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • 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, S. & Rotich, D. 1997. An annotated checklist of the lizards of Kenya. J. East African Nat. Hist. 86: 61-83
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - 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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