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Hemiphyllodactylus goaensis KHANDEKAR, PARMAR, N SAWANT & AGARWAL, 2021

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Goan slender gecko 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus goaensis KHANDEKAR, PARMAR, N SAWANT & AGARWAL 2021 
DistributionIndia (Goa)

Type locality: Goa University, Taleigao, (15.46032°N, 73.83583°E; ca. 50 m asl.), North Goa district, Goa, India.  
TypesHolotype. BNHS 2846, SVL 30.2 mm, adult male, collected by Dikansh S. Parmar on 22 November 2020.
Paratypes. BNHS 2847, SVL 25.6 mm, sub-adult male, same data as holotype except coordinates (15.46041°N, 73.83544°E; ca. 50 m asl.), collected by Dikansh S. Parmar on 18 March 2020; BNHS 2848, SVL 32.4 mm, adult female, from near Chandor, (15.26089°N, 74.04367°E; ca. 10 m asl.) South Goa district, Goa, India, collected by Rinku Kumar Gupta on 09 September 2020. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Hemiphyllodactylus goaensis sp. nov. can be diagnosed from congeners by the unique combination of snout-vent length up to 32.4 mm (n=3); five or six chin scales; postmentals not enlarged; 10–12 supralabials and 10 or 11 infralabials; 16–18 dorsal scales and 13 or 14 ventral scales at mid-body contained within one longitudinal eye diameter; four or five subdigital lamellae on the digit I of manus and pes; lamellar formula of manus 2222; la- mellar formula of pes 2323 and 2333; males with nine or ten precloacal pores separated by 1–5 poreless scales from a series of 10–12 femoral pores on each thigh (n=2); no plate-like enlarged subcaudals; head with dark postorbital streak and longitudinal markings on nape, dark postorbital streak more or less well-defined and may continue until hindlimb insertions, longitudinal markings on nape extending just past forelimb insertions; dorsal pattern of broken dark longitudinal markings and light and dark speckling; postsacral marking with light-coloured anteriorly project- ing arms indicated by broken streak extending anterior to hindlimb insertions; belly stippled with black (from Khandekar et al. 2021). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a toponym for Goa state, to which the new species is currently restricted to. 
  • KHANDEKAR, A., PARMAR, D. S., SAWANT, N., & AGARWAL, I. 2021. A new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Goa, India. Zootaxa 5027 (2): 254-268 - get paper here
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