Lepidodactylus guppyi BOULENGER, 1884
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Solomon Scaly-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Lepidodactylus guppyi BOULENGER 1884|
Lepidodactylus guppyi — BOULENGER 1885: 166
Lepidodactylus guppyi — DE ROOIJ 1915: 50
Lepidodactylus guppyi — LOVERIDGE 1948: 316
Lepidodactylus guppyi — WERMUTH 1965: 98
Lepidodactylus guppyi — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus guppyi — RÖSLER 2000: 91
|Distribution||Bismarck Archipelago; New Britain,|
Solomon Islands (Faro), Vanuatu: Hiu.
New Guinea (?),
Santa Cruz Islands
Type locality: Faro Island, Solomon Islands.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 22.214.171.124|
|Diagnosis||Description: Head small, oviform; snout one and one third time the diameter of the orbit, which equals its distance to the ear-opening; forehead concave; ear-opening small, round. Rostral quadrangular, more than twice as broad as high; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first labial and three scales. Eleven or twelve upper and as many lower labials; mental small, not much larger than the labials; three or four rows of small chin-shields. Body long, covered with uniform granular scales, those on the snout enlarged; ventral scales largest and flat, round, slightly imbricate. Male with a series of 44 femoral and praeanal pores. Tail cylindrical, tapering, covered with small equal flat scales. Limbs rather short; digits webbed at the base, inner well developed, 10 or 11 lamellae under the median digits, the two or three proximal divided (fig. 32, de Rooij 1915: 50).|
Coloration: Pinkish-brown above, sides with darker spots; two dark streaks on the side of the head behind the eye, one on the snout. Tail with dark annuli. Lower surface whitish, speckled with reddish-brown (de Rooij 1915: 50).
Size: Length of head and body 185 mm (de Rooij 1915: 50).
|Comment||Group: Member of Lepidodactylus group II.|
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Henry Brougham Guppy (1854-1926), a traveler and collector who started as a navy surgeon in the China and Japan station on HMS Hornet (1877-1880). For more details see Beolens et al. 2011.|
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