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Hemidactylus prashadi SMITH, 1935

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Bombay Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus prashadi SMITH 1935
Hemidactylus prashadi — WERMUTH 1965: 83
Hemidactylus prashadi — KLUGE 1993
Hemidactylus prashadi — RÖSLER 2000: 87
Hemidactylus prashadi — AGARWAL et al. 2011 
DistributionIndia (Bombay, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala)

Type locality: Surroundings of Jog, northern Kanara District, Bombay Presidency, India.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.25.53, ZSI 20129 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Baini Prashad (1894-1969), an Indian zoologist and malacologist who was Director of the Zoological Survey of India, Indian Museum, Calcutta. He was the senior collector of the type series of this gecko. 
  • AGARWAL, ISHAN;VARAD B. GIRI & AARON M. BAUER 2011. A new cryptic rock-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from south India. Zootaxa 2765: 21–37 - get paper here
  • Bansal, Rohini; K. Praveen Karanth 2010. Molecular phylogeny of Hemidactylus geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the Indian subcontinent reveals a unique Indian radiation and an Indian origin of Asian house geckos. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57 (1): 459-465 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Todd R. Jackman, Eli Greenbaum, Varad B. Giri, Anslem de Silva 2010. South Asia supports a major endemic radiation of Hemidactylus geckos. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57 (1): 343-352 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cyriac, Vivek Philip and P.K. Umesh 2021. Natural History of the Gecko Hemidactylus prashadi: Demography, Spatial Partitioning, Diet, and Reproduction in a Human-altered Habitat. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 16 (2): - get paper here
  • Giri, Varad B.; Bauer, Aaron M. 2008. A new ground-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Maharashtra, with a key to the Hemidactylus of India. Zootaxa 1700: 21-34 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, Wolfgang. 2014. Hemidactylus prashadi Smith, 1935 - Prashads Halbfingergecko im Terrarium. Sauria 36 (2): 43-54 - get paper here
  • Hallermann J., N. B. Ananjeva and N.L.Orlov. 2001. On a remarkable collection of reptiles and amphibians collected by the German Indian Expedition 1955-1958. Russ. J. Herpetol. 8 (1): 25-34 - get paper here
  • Mahony, Stephen 2009. A New Species of Gecko of the Genus Hemidactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Andhra Pradesh, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 16 (1): 27-34 - get paper here
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Sayyed, Amit; Abhijeet Nale 2020. New Distribution Records of the Bombay Leaf-toed Gecko, Hemidactylus prashadi Smith 1935 (Gekkonidae), from Maharashtra, India. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 27 (2): 300-301 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Srikanthan, Achyuthan N.; Gandla Chethan Kumar, Aishwarya J. Urs & Sumaithangi Rajagopalan Ganesh 2018. Appearances are deceptive: molecular phylogeny recovers the Scaly Gecko Hemidactylus scabriceps (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) as a member of a scansorial and rupicolous clade. JoTT 10 (9): 12147–12162 - get paper here
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
  • Yankanchi, Shivanand R. & Suresh M. Kumbar 2016. Bifid tail in Hemidactylus prashadi (Smith, 1935). Reptile RAP (18): 34–35 - get paper here
  • Zwanzig, Bernd-Michael & Wolfgang Grossmann 2013. Halbfingergeckos: Hemidactylus. Die verkannte Gattung. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (2): 14-27 - get paper here
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