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Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus (BEDDOME, 1870)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Southern Ghats slender gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus aurantiacus BEDDOME 1870: 33
Hemidactylus aurantiacus — STOLICZKA 1872
Lepidodactylus aurantiacus — BOULENGER 1885: 164
Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus — STEJNEGER 1899
Hemiphyllodactylus typus aurantiacus — SMITH 1935
Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus — BAUER & DAS 1999
Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus — ZUG 2010
Hemiphyllodactylus cf. aurantiacus — GANESH et al. 2018 
DistributionS India (Anamallays = Anailmalais, Western Ghats, Bangalore, Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh)

Type locality: “Shevaroys, under stones about Yercaud and elsewhere, at an elevation of 4,000 feet”.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH; Syntypes: ZMB 10233, BMNH–1337 
DiagnosisMajor diagnostic features: bisexual taxon; pigmented caecum and gonadal ducts; in adult males femoral pore series separated from precloacal pore series (TotPore typically ␣20-␣25), always absent in females; chin scales bordering mental and first infralabial not greatly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 2-2-2-2 (fore- foot) and 2-2-3-2 or 2-2-3-3 (hindfoot); average adult SVL ~33–35 mm; bold body pattern of contrasting dark brown and dusky brown background and dorsal postsacral double bar of dark brown and light orange (ZUG 2010). 
CommentDistribution: ZUG (2010) believes that its occurrence in Banglore is edificarian and appears to represent a recent accidental transport.

Behavior: nocturnal 
EtymologyBeddome offered no explanation for his choice of aurantiacus as the epithet for his new species. He did mention the orange color of the tail base, and because aurantium is a new Latin noun for the orange (fruit), ZUG (2010) suggested his choice derived from the association between the color of the orange and the gecko’s tail. 
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  • 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
  • Chettri, Basundhara & S. Bhupathy 2010. Three little known reptile species from the Araku Valley, Eastern Ghats with notes on their distribution. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (8): 1109-1113 - 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.
  • Ganesh, S. R.; M. Arumugam 2016. Species Richness of Montane Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India: A Historical Resume and a Descriptive Checklist. Russ. J. Herpetol. 23 (1): 7-24 - get paper here
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