Lepidodactylus paurolepis OTA, FISHER, INEICH & CASE, 1995
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Seventy Islands-Gecko|
|Synonym||Lepidodactylus paurolepis OTA, FISHER, INEICH & CASE 1995|
Lepidodactylus paurolepis — RÖSLER 2000: 91
Lepidodactylus paurolepis — CROMBIE & MENZ 2007
|Distribution||Micronesia (Ngerukeuid), Palau|
Type locality: “Ngerukewid [sic] Group (7° 11’ N, 134° 16’ E), Belau Islands.”
|Types||Holotype: USNM 284403, adult male; paratypes: USNM, adult males|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A moderate-sized species of Lepidodactylus, snout-vent length (SVL) 38.3-39.4 (x = 38.9) mm for three adult males, distinguished from other species of the genus by the following combination of characters: 98-102 rows of scales around midbody; subdigital scansors 12-14 on toe IV; terminal scansor entire on all digits, two or three subterminal ones on digits II-V deeply notched or divided; interdigital webs absent, or very poorly developed; 31-34 pores in preanal and femoral regions of male.|
Comparisons. Brown and Parker (1977) recognized three subgroups in the genus Lepidodactylus chiefly on the basis of scansor morphology: Group I characterized by the complete absence of divided or deeply notched scansors; Group II characterized by the division or deep notching only of a few subterminal scansors on digits I-V; and Group III characterized by the division or deep notching of the terminal and a few subterminal scansors on digits II-V and more or less depression of the tail. Lepidodactylus paurolepisobviously belongs to Group II, which accommodates five species from New Guinea and other Melanesian islands (Brown and Parker, 1977). Of these, the present species is distinct from L. guppyi, L. novaeguineae, and L. pulcher in having fewer rows of scales around the midbody. Lepidodactyluspaurolepis differs from the latter three species, as well as from L. shebae,also in lacking distinct interdigital webs. The numbers of toe I scansors and male preanal and femoral pores are smaller in L. paurolepis than in L. gardineri (Table 2).
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