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Homopholis walbergii (SMITH, 1849)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Wahlberg’s Velvet Gecko 
SynonymGeko Walbergii A. SMITH 1849: plate 75
Homopholis walbergii — BOULENGER 1885: 171
Homopholis macrolepis BOULENGER 1885: 474 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Homopholis walbergii — WERMUTH 1965: 93
Homopholus wahlbergi [sic] — KAHL et al. 1980: 137
Homopholis walbergii — AUERBACH 1987: 89
Platypholis walbergii — KLUGE 1993
Homopholis wahlbergi — BRANCH 1993
Homopholis walbergii — KLUGE & NUSSBAUM 1995
Platypholis walbergii — RÖSLER 1995: 148
Homopholis wahlbergi — BOYCOTT 1992
Homopholis wahlbergii — BRANCH 1993: 118
Homopholis walbergii — RÖSLER 2000: 89
Homopholis wahlbergii — BRANCH & BAUER 2005
Homopholis wahlbergii — BROADLEY et al. 2014 
DistributionSouth Africa (south of the Soutpansberg), Mozambique (south of the Limpopo River)

Type locality: Kaffernland easwards to the Cape Colony.

Neotype locality: Jozini Dam, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa  
TypesNeotype: PEM R17603, adult female, designated by BROADLEY et al. 2014
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.26.4 [macrolepis] 
DiagnosisDescription: Nostril bordered by 4–9 scales and the first upper labial; internasals 1–2; upper labials 10–13; lower labials 10–12; scales between eye and ear 23–30; midbody scale rows 70–96; precloacal pores in males 2; lamellae beneath fourth toe 10–13.

Colour pattern: Light grey with a vertebral series of about six or seven large whitish spots, vague dark crossbands or reticulations and some blackish lateral speckling (Fig. 3B). A few specimens have some black ventral peppering, or a dark reticulation. 
CommentType species: Geko Wahlbergii A. SMITH 1849: plate 7 is the type species of the genus Homopholis BOULENGER 188: 191. 

Diet: Whiting et al. (2007) found that the diet of this species consisted largely of beetles and lepidopterans, with alate termites, grasshoppers and small millipedes also well represented.

Habitat: Like H. arnoldi, this species is often found on the walls of buildings, in rock crevices, holes of tree trunks, or under the loose bark of dead trees. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type specimen, Mr. Walberg of Stockholm. Note, however, that Smith’s spelling was not consistent. He used “wahlbergii” in the index to his book, but “walbergi” in the description. We use walbergi here as he explicitly mentions “Mr. Walberg”. 
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