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Luperosaurus corfieldi GAULKE, RÖSLER & BROWN, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLuperosaurus corfieldi GAULKE, RÖSLER & BROWN 2007 
DistributionPhilippines (Panay, Negros)

Type locality: Philippines, Panay Island, Aklan Province, Municipality of Buruanga, Barangay Tagosip, 11°49.3’N, 121°58.2’E, 450 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 7919, adult male, collected as egg 30 May 2002 (preserved as adult 30 Dec. 2003), M. Gaulke. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large species of Luperosaurus with a generally robust and stout body shape (Fig. 4B); SVL of adults 70.0–95.0 mm. The new species is characterized by wide cutaneous expansions on anterior and posterior edges of forelimbs and posterior edges of hindlimbs, narrower folds on anterior edges of hindlimbs; interdigital webbing well developed; tail non-depressed, lacking spinose ventrolateral tail tubercles or denticulate tail lobes; body scales small, granular, interspaced with few, slightly enlarged dorsolateral tubercles; midbody scale rows 165; subdigital scansors 13–15 beneath first toe and 16–19 beneath fourth toe; 16 preanal pores in males, 11 in females; venter immaculate to dark yellow with faded, diffuse, and broad brown bands that are interrupted by a row of brownish spots along midline. Luperosaurus corfieldi differs from all other species of Luperosaurus by the absence of lateral tail tubercles or spines and/or denticulate tail lobes. It differs from L. brooksii, L. browni, and L. iskandari by the robust body shape (vs. habitus slender) and further from L. brooksii and L. browni by a subcylindrical (vs. depressed) tail. From L. yasumai, L. macgregori, L. palawanensis, and L. joloensis, L. corfieldi differs by its much larger size. Luperosaurus corfieldi has fewer preanal (or preanofemoral) pores (16) than L. brooksii (40), L. browni (28–32), L. palawanensis (28–32), or L. joloensis (30 or 31). The new species has a greater number of scansors beneath toes I (13–15) and IV (16–19) than L. yasumai (8 scansors beneath toe I, 7 beneath toe IV), L. macgregori (10 or 11 scansors beneath toe I, 12–14 beneath toe IV), L. palawanensis (9–11 scansors beneath toe I, 12–13 beneath toe IV), and L. joloensis (8 or 9 scansors beneath toe I, 9–13 beneath toe IV). Luperosaurus corfieldi differs from L. cumingii by the absence (vs. presence) of enlarged lateral tail tubercles, the absence (vs. presence) of spinose scales on the edge of the anterior cutaneous expansions of the limbs, a lower number of middorsal scales (165 vs. 182–194 in Luzon populations of L. cumingii), a generally smooth, non-tuberculate appearance (vs. dorsal and lateral body scalation heterogeneous with interspersed enlarged convex to spinose tubercles; and a larger maximum body size. 
Etymologynamed after Charles Corfield for supporting biodiversity research and nature conservation in the Philippines. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brown, R.M., Diesmos, A.C., Duya, M.V., Garcia, H.J.D., & Rico, E.L. 2010. New forest gecko (Squamata; Gekkonidae; Genus Luperosaurus) from Mt. Mantalingajan, southern Palawan Island, Philippines. Journal of Herpetology 44 (1): 37–48 - get paper here
  • Brown, Rafe M.; Arvin C. Diesmos, and Carl H. Oliveros 2011. New Flap-Legged Forest Gecko (Genus Luperosaurus) from the Northern Philippines. Journal of Herpetology 45 (2): 202-210. - get paper here
  • Dolino, C.N.; Gaulke, M.; Ong, P.S. & Cariño, A.B. 2009. Ein neuer Verbreitungsnachweis für Luperosaurus corfieldi GAULKE, RÖSLER & BROWN 2007 von der Insel Negros, Philipinen. Sauria 30 (4): 55-58 [2008] - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2011. The herpetofauna of Panay Island, Philippines. Edition Chimaira, 390 pp.
  • Gaulke, M., H. Rösler & R. M. Brown 2007. A new species of Luperosaurus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Panay Island, Philippines, with comments on the taxonomic status of Luperosaurus cumingii (Grey, 1845). Copeia 2007 (2):413-425 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
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