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Hemidactylus hegdei PAL & MIRZA, 2022

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus hegdei PAL & MIRZA 2022 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: Balamore estate, Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu, India (8.4512° N, 77.3900° E)  
TypesHolotype: BNHS 3105, Adult male (Field no. CESL 401) collected by Saunak Pal on 29th August 2011. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Large-bodied gecko of the genus Hemidactylus reaching SVL of 103 mm, dorsum with heterogeneous pholidosis, composed of circular, granular scales intermixed with much regularly arranged 17–18 rows of enlarged trihedral, strongly keeled tubercles of equal size on the dorsolateral aspect; 32–34 ventral scale rows at midbody. Digits with enlarged scansors, lamellae in straight transverse series; 7–8 lamellae beneath the first finger and 10 beneath the fourth finger of the manus and pes. Precloacal-femoral pores 14–15, separated by a diastema at the mid-pelvic region by 11 non-pored scales. (PAL et al. 2022) 
CommentBehavior: Nocturnal. (Pal & Mirza 2022) 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym honouring Mr. Vithoba M. Hegde of the Bombay Natural History Society for his immense contribution to the field of Indian herpetology through countless field trips and years of curation of specimens at the Natural History Collection of BNHS. 
  • Pal, Saunak & Zeeshan A. Mirza 2022. A new species of Large-bodied Gecko of the genus Hemidactylus Goldfuss, 1820 from southern Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 119 - get paper here
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