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Hemiphyllodactylus peninsularis AGARWAL, BAUER, PAL, SRIKANTHAN & KHANDEKAR, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: KMTR slender gecko 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus peninsularis AGARWAL, BAUER, PAL, SRIKANTHAN & KHANDEKAR 2020 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: near Sengaltheri, Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, (8.534 N, 77.450 E; ca. 980 m elevation) Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu, India  
TypesHolotype. BNHS 2633, SVL 34 mm, adult male, collected by Saunak Pal on 17 December 2011. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Hemiphyllodactylus peninsularis sp. nov. can be diagnosed from congeners by the unique combi- nation of snout-vent length up to 34 mm (n=1); 12 chin scales; postmentals not enlarged; nine or ten supralabials; ten infralabials; 20 dorsal scales and 14 ventral scales at midbody contained within one longitudinal eye diameter; four subdigital lamellae on the first finger and toe; lamellar formula of manus and pes 2222; males with 11 precloa- cal pores separated by three or four poreless scales from a series of 11 femoral pores on each thigh; no plate-like enlarged subcaudals; dark postorbital stripe and longitudinal markings on nape extending to hindlimb insertions; dorsal pattern longitudinal dark markings formed by postorbital stripes enclosing lighter band, few lighter speck- les; postsacral marking with light-coloured anteriorly projecting arms that extend above hindlimb insertion; belly stippled with black. 
CommentHabitat: The holotype was collected from an old, partially ruined rest house inside the forest. The habitat in the collection locality comprises a patch of grassland surrounded by moist deciduous and evergreen forest.

Sympatry: Hemidactylus acanthopholis 
EtymologyThe specific epithet comes from the Latin paene (almost) and insula (island), reflecting the isolated nature of the montane type locality of the new species at the southern extreme of the Indian peninsula. 
  • AGARWAL, ISHAN; AARON M BAUER, SAUNAK PAL, ACHYUTHAN N SRIKANTHAN, AKSHAY KHANDEKAR 2020. Two more new Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Tamil Nadu, India. Zootaxa 4729 (2): 249–265 - get paper here
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; QUYEN HANH DO, HANH THI NGO, ANH VAN PHAM,<br />CUONG THE PHAM, MINH DUC LE, & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2020. Two new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam. Zootaxa 4801 (3): 513–536 - get paper here
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