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Lepidodactylus paurolepis OTA, FISHER, INEICH & CASE, 1995

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Seventy Islands-Gecko 
SynonymLepidodactylus paurolepis OTA, FISHER, INEICH & CASE 1995
Lepidodactylus paurolepis — RÖSLER 2000: 91
Lepidodactylus paurolepis — CROMBIE & MENZ 2007 
DistributionMicronesia (Ngerukeuid), Palau

Type locality: “Ngerukewid [sic] Group (7° 11’ N, 134° 16’ E), Belau Islands.”  
TypesHolotype: USNM 284403, adult male; paratypes: USNM, adult males 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. 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). 
  • Crombie, R.I. & Menz, R. 2007. Lepidodactylus paurolepis OTA, FISHER, INEICH & CASE. Sauria 29 (1): 2 - get paper here
  • Crombie, Ronald I. and Gregory K. Pregill 1999. A Checklist of the Herpetofauna of the Palau Islands (Republic of Belau), Oceania. Herpetological Monographs 13: 29-80 - 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
  • Ota, H., R. N. FISHER I. C. INEICH and T. J. Case 1995. Geckos of the genus Lepidodactylus (Squamata : Reptilia) in Micronesia: Description of a new species and reevaluation of the status of Gecko moestus Peters, 1867. Copeia 1995 (1): 183-195 - 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
  • 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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