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Lepidodactylus novaeguineae BROWN & PARKER, 1977

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: New Guinea Scaly-toed Gecko 
SynonymLepidodactylus novaeguineae BROWN & PARKER 1977
Lepidodactylus novaeguinea WHITAKER et al. 1977
Lepidodactylus novaeguineae — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus novaeguineae — RÖSLER 2000: 91
Lepidodactylus novaeguineae — KARKKAINEN et al. 2020 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya),
[from West Irian to Huon Peninsula, N Papua New Guinea],
Papua New Guinea (Lake Sentani Aera)

Type locality: Lake Sentani area, West Irian.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 89684 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS.-A moderate-sized Lepidodactylus distinguished by the following combination of characters: about 36 to 41 mm snout-vent length for 7 mature males; 11 to 14 scansors beneath the fourth toe, covering approximately the distal 2/3 of the toes; 8 to 11 benkathfirst toe (16 to 19 and 10 to 13, respectively, for L. pulcher with which species has been confused); tail subcylindrical without fringe or spines; terminal scansor on all digits entire; a few subterminal ones, one to three on fourth toe divided; enlarged scales in pore-series limited to preanal region, about 14 to 18 and bearing 12 to 18 pores in males; toes about 1/4 to 1/3 webbed [from BROWN & PARKER 1977]. 
CommentGroup: Member of Lepidodactylus group II.

Distribution: see map in Karkkainen et al. 2020: 7 (Fig. 4). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Brown,W.C. & Parker,F. 1977. Lizards of the genus Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae) from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the islands of the Pacific, with description of new species. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 41: 253-265 - get paper here
  • Ineich, I. 2008. A new arboreal Lepidodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu: from egg to holotype. Zootaxa 1918: 26–38 - get paper here
  • Karkkainen, Denise Taimi; Stephen J. Richards, Fred Kraus, Burhan Tjaturadi, Keliopas Krey and Paul M. Oliver 2020. A new species of small Lepidodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Salawati Island, Indonesia. Israel J Ecol Evol 66 (3-4): 180-189 - get paper here
  • Ota, Hidetoshi, Robert N. Fisher, Ivan Ineich, Ted J. Case, Ray R. Radtkey and George R. Zug. 1998. A new Lepidodactylus (Squmata: Gekkonidae) from Vanuatu. Herpetologica 54 (3): 325-332 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, H., Glaw, F.& R. Günther 2005. Aktualisierte Liste der Geckos von Neuguinea (Sauria: Geckonidae: Gekkoninae) mit vorläufiger Charakterisierung von neun Formen aus den Gattungen Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827, Gehyra Gray, 1834 und Nactus Kluge, 1983. Gekkota 5: 33-64 - get paper here
  • Zug, G. R.; Watling, D.; Alefaio, T.; Alefaio, S.; Ludescher, C. 2003. A new gecko (Reptilia: Squamata: Genus Lepidodactylus) from Tuvalu, South-central Pacific. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 116 (1): 38-46 - get paper here
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