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Hemidactylus pfindaensis LOBÓN-ROVIRA, CONRADIE, IGLESIAS, ERNST, VERÍSSIMO, BAPTISTA & PINTO, 2021

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus pfindaensis LOBÓN-ROVIRA, CONRADIE, IGLESIAS, ERNST, VERÍSSIMO, BAPTISTA & PINTO 2021
Hemidactylus paivae — ERNST et al. 2020 [part] 
DistributionNorth Angola (Uige Province and Cabinda).

Type locality: Angola (Cabinda Prov., Chiloando)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: FKH0178, adult male, collected by Pedro Vaz Pinto.
Paratypes: MNCN 50537, FKH0044, MTD 48932 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Hemidactylus, with SVL of 45.53 mm (mean) with moderate long snout, 10 supralabials and 8–10 infralabials (Fig. 8). Dorsal pholidosis with 11–12 rows of moderate dorsal keeled tubercle scales and ventral pholidosis with 28–30 smooth scale rows on midbody. The species present a large, triangular mental scale, two large postmentals followed by two enlarged post-postmentals. Base of the tail with four large keeled dorsal tubercle rows and subcaudal scales small, about one fourth of the tail width. Males with 8 continuous precloacal pores. Five divided scansors beneath first digit of both manus and pes, seven beneath fourth digit of manus, seven or eight beneath the fourth digit of pes. Dorsum presents dark coloration with two light brown crossbands from the posterior part of the eye to the sacrum, where the two bands meet each other to form a V-shaped marking. (Lobon-Rovira et al. 2021)

Color in life: dark coloration over the dorsum with two light brown crossbands from the posterior part of the eye to the sacrum, where the two bands meet each other to form a V-shaped marking; the rest of the dorsal part of the body is mostly dark uniformly brownish with some patches of light brown, especially at the nostril area and the hindlimbs. Coloration of the regenerated tail is uniform dark brown. The ventral part of the body is lighter, fully covered with scattered black speckles, from head to tail. Iris golden with a black narrow pupil and brownish-golden reticulation. (Lobon-Rovira et al. 2021)
 
Comment 
EtymologyThe name “pfindaensis” derives from the local word “pfinda” which in Kikongo – the main language used in Uíge Province and northwestern Angola – refers to a “gallery forest” or a “continuous block of thick forest”, the main habitat type associated with the species. 
References
  • 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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