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Hemidactylus reticulatus BEDDOME, 1870

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Reticulate Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus reticulatus BEDDOME 1870: 33
Hemidactylus reticulatus — BOULENGER 1885: 118
Hemidactylus reticulatus — SMITH 1935: 94
Hemidactylus reticulatus — WERMUTH 1965: 83
Hemidactylus reticulatus — KLUGE 1993
Hemidactylus reticulatus — RÖSLER 2000: 87
Hemidactylus reticulatus — KUMAR et al. 2016 
DistributionIndia (Mysore State, Madura, Shevaroy, Pakonda Hills, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: Kollegal, Mysore State.  
TypesTypes: BMNH 1874.4.29.410-411 (and possibly additional specimens). 
DiagnosisOriginal description: “Head uniformly granular, body granular with some scales enlarged and conical; tail with rows of spinous tubercles near the base; preanal pores 7 in front of the preanal region; nine upper labials, three last very small, 7-8 lower labials; opening of the ear small; 32 longitudinal series of scales across the belly; pupil very narrow, elliptic, erect ; length 2.5 inches, of which the body is 1.5, and of stout form; color reddish grey, with large net pattern of black markings, the enlarged conical scales being reddish.” (Beddome 1870) 
EtymologyFrom the Latin reticulatus, made like a net. In reference to the dorsal net-like pattern. 
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  • 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
  • Beddome, R.H. 1870. Descriptions of some new lizards from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly J. Med. Sci. 1: 30-35
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil & Abhijit Das 2017. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 176 pp.
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  • Ganesh, S.R.; A. Kalaimani, P. Karthik, N. Baskaran, R. Nagarajan & S.R.Chandramouli 2018. Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India – II From Western Ghats to Coromandel Coast. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, July 2018. Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 28-45 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S.R.; M. Rameshwaran, Naveen A. Joseph & Ahamed M. Jerith 2017. On two little-known terrestrial South Asian geckoes Hemidactylus reticulatus and Hemidactylus scabriceps (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). JoTT 9 (5): 10171–10177 - 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
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  • 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
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  • Murthy, T.S.N. 1986. Lizards of the Kurnool District, Andhra, India. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 22 (3): 134-143 - get paper here
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  • 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.
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