Hemidactylus endophis CARRANZA & ARNOLD, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus endophis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus endophis CARRANZA & ARNOLD 2012|
Type locality: “Muscat” (see also type info)
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1976.1323, male, lodged in the gullet of a Platyceps rhodorachis (BMNH 188.8.131.52) labeled as “Muscat”, collected by A.S.G. Jayakar, in 1887, fide Carranza, cited in Roll et al. 2017 (MorphoBank M101997–M102030).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis Hemidactylus endophis can be distinguished from all currently described Arabian members of Hemidactylus based on the following combination of characters: A medium-sized Hemidactylus (only known specimen 59 mm SVL); large tubercles on dorsum relatively weakly keeled, arranged in 16 regular rows at mid-body, largest on lower flanks; scaling on belly coarse (about 26–28 in transverse row at mid-belly), coarse bluntly pointed and imbricate scales in front of vent similar to those on belly; adhesive pads on digits not especially broad, about half as wide as long on 4th toe of pes; lamellae under the 1st toe of pes 6, lamellae under the 4th toe 9; 7 femoral pores under each thigh (14 in total), broadly separated medially by 6 scales.|
|Comment||This species was found inside a Platyceps rhodorachis.|
Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||From the classical Greek prefix “endŏ” meaning inside, and “ŏphis”, a snake.|
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