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Nactus kunan FISHER & ZUG, 2012

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymNactus kunan FISHER & ZUG 2012 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Admiralty Islands)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, Manus Island, Sohoniliu Village (2.11296°S 147.14912°E)  
TypesHolotype: USNM 576300, adult female, collected by Robert N. Fisher and villagers from Sohoniliu Village, 26 May 2010. Paratype. Same collection data as holotype PNGNM 25190 (RNF8981), juvenile female. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Nactus kunan sp. nov. is a member of the Nactus pelagicus species group and differs from all other members except N. galgajuga by a pattern of broad alternating dark (black or dark brown) and light bands on neck, trunk, and tail. It differs from N. galgajuga by the golden yellow of its light bands instead of the white bands of N. galgajuga. N. kunan sp. nov. also possesses a unique head pattern among Nactus taxa with a sharply contrasting yellow crown and eyelids on a black background. 
EtymologyThe specific name comes from the Tokples people’s (Nali language) term for bumblebee; this is in reference to the striking bicolor yellow and black banding of holotype. Note that the description explicitly says Nactus kunan FISHER & ZUG although the author order is inversed on the paper. 
  • Zug, G.R. & Fisher, R.N. 2012. A preliminary assessment of the Nactus pelagicus species group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in New Guinea and a new species from the Admiralty Islands. Zootaxa 3257: 22–37 - get paper here
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