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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
DistributionAngola (Benguela Province).

Type locality: Angola (Benguela Prov., Carivo)  
TypesHolotype: FKH0033, adult female, collected by Pedro Vaz Pinto.
Paratypes: PEM R24218, MNCN 50542, ZMB 90453, ZMB 90452, MNCN 50543. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Hemidactylus, with SVL of 43.2 mm (mean) and maximum width of 8.8 mm (Fig. 14). 9–11 supralabials and 8–10 infralabials. Dorsal pho- lidosis with 15–22 rows of moderate strongly keeled tu- bercle scales and ventral pholidosis with 32–38 smooth and rounded scale rows around midbody. Hemidactylus carivoensis sp. nov. present a moderate, triangular, mod- erate rounded posteriorly mental scale, two large post- mentals followed by two large post-postmentals. Tail with four strongly keeled dorsal tubercles rows dorsally and subcaudal scales small, about one fourth of the tail width, interspersed by large series of horizontal whorls of keeled scales. Males with 15–22 continuous precloacal-femoral pores. Five divided scansors beneath first digit of both manus and pes, seven or eight beneath fourth digit of ma- nus, nine beneath the fourth digit of pes. Dorsum darker coloration on the dorsal part of the head that continues along the medial part of the dorsum until the sacrum. (Lobon-Rovira et al. 2021)

Color in life: orange-beige coloration across the body with darker coloration on the dorsal part of the head that continues along the medial part of the dorsum until the sacrum; in the dorsal section presents two lighter dor- solateral bands from the nares to the tail; the ventral part of the head shows a cream coloration with dispersed black speckles that increase towards the anterior part of the in- fralabials; ventrum is uniform light beige or cream; su- pralabials are darker than infralabials; fore- and hindlimbs present an irregular dark brownish coloration; tail with similar color and slightly banded; iris silvered with a black narrow pupil and brownish-golden reticulation. (Lobon-Rovira et al. 2021). 
EtymologyThe species epithet “carivoensis” refers to the Farm Carivo, an old estate situated along the banks of the mid-lower Coporolo River on the coastal plain of Benguela Province, and where most of the type series was collected. The species proved to be common in the area, and by recognizing the farm, we also acknowledge the ongoing support from the owners to researchers, similar to the Chapmans nearly a century ago. (Lobon-Rovira et al. 2021). 
  • Lobón-Rovira, J., Conradie, W., Buckley Iglesias, D., Ernst, R., Veríssimo, L., Baptista, N., & Pinto, P. V. 2021. Between sand, rocks and branches: an integrative taxonomic revision of Angolan Hemidactylus Goldfuss, 1820, with description of four new species. Vertebrate Zoology 71: 465–501; DOI 10.3897/vz.73.e64781 - get paper here
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