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Pseudogekko compresicorpus (TAYLOR, 1915)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Philippine Gecko, Philippine forest gecko (also general name for genus) 
SynonymLuperosaurus compresicorpus TAYLOR 1915: 96
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — TAYLOR 1922
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — BROWN 1964
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — WERMUTH 1965: 151
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — KLUGE 1993
Pseudogecko [sic] compressicorpus — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pseudogekko compressicorpus — BROWN et al. 2012
Pseudogekko compresicorpus — SILER et al. 2014
Pseudogekko cf. compresicorpusi — BINADAY et al. 2017 
DistributionPhilippines (Bohol, Luzon: Limay, Polillo, Masbate, Tablas)

Type locality: Limay, Bataan Province, Luzon.  
TypesHolotype: lost, originally BSMP (Bureau of Science, Manila) 1781, destroyed during World War II. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): The only external morphological character used to differentiate Pseudogekko from Lepidodactylus, is the preanofemoral pore series. In Pseudogekko, the series is described as being significantly arched anteromedially (versus non-arched in Lepidodactylus; Kluge, 1968).

Diagnosis. Pseudogekko compresicorpus can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) body size large (SVL 54.9–59.7 mm); (2) axilla– groin distance 49.3–55.2% SVL; (3) head length 16.1–18.0% SVL; (4) snout long 56.9– 64.6% head length; (5) Toe IV scansors 18 or 19; (6) paravertebral scales 226–234; (7) ventral scales 127–130; (8) supralabials 16– 20; (9) infralabials 13–16; (10) circumorbitals 39–45; (11) precloacal pores 13 or 14; (12) femoral pores absent; (13) dominant body coloration dark brown to tan; (14) conspicu- ous head spotting present, neon green; (15) conspicuous dorsolateral spotting present, faint, neon green; (16) conspicuous limb spotting present, faint, neon green; (17) tail banding absent; (18) body striping absent; (19) interorbital banding absent; and (20) ciliary ring coloration present, light blue (Fig. 3; Tables 1 and 2 in Siler et la. 2014). 
CommentType species: Luperosaurus compresicorpus TAYLOR 1915 is the type species of the genus Pseudogekko TAYLOR 1922: 103.

Phylogeny: Pseudogekko is nested within Lepidodactylus s.l. (fide Oliver et al. 2018 who did not make any formal changes to the nomenclature). 
EtymologyThe species was named after its compressed body, but in the original description Taylor spelled it “compresicorpus”, apparently by accident and there seems to be no other occurrence of the word in the text. 
  • Binaday, Jake Wilson B.; Ace Kevin S. Amarga, Ernesto S. Barrameda Jr., and Bobet Jan M. Bonagua 2017. Amphibians and Reptiles in the Vicinity of Bulusan Lake, Bulusan Volcano Natural Park, Sorsogon, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Science 146 (3): 339-351
  • Brown, R.M.; C.H. Oliveros; C.D. Siler; J.B. Fernandez; L.J. Welton; P.A.C. Buenavente; M.L.L. Diesmos; A.C. Diesmos 2012. Amphibians and Reptiles of Luzon Island (Philippines), VII: Herpetofauna of Ilocos Norte Province, Northern Cordillera Mountain Range. Check List 8(3):469-490 - get paper here
  • BROWN, RAFE M.; CAMILA G. MENESES, PERRY L. WOOD, JR., JASON B. FERNANDEZ, MICHAEL A. CUESTA, MICHAEL A. CLORES, CLAIRE TRACY, MATT BUEHLER, AND CAMERON D. SILER 2020. Unexpected Discovery of Another New Species of Philippine False Gecko (Gekkonidae; Pseudogekko) from the Bicol Peninsula of Luzon Island. Herpetologica 76 (3): - get paper here
  • Brown, Walter C. 1964. The status of Pseudogekko shebae and observations on the geckos of the Solomon Islands. Breviora (204): 1-8 - get paper here
  • Brown; Rafe; Cameron Siler, Carl Oliveros, Luke Welton, Ashley Rock, John Swab, Merlijn Van Weerd, Jonah van Beijnen, Dominic Rodriguez, Edmund Jose, Arvin Diesmos 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines, VIII: the herpetofauna of Cagayan and Isabela Provinces, northern Sierra Madre Mountain Range. ZooKeys 266 (2013) Special Issue: 1-120<br />doi: 10.3897/zookeys.266.3982 - get paper here
  • DAVIS, DREW R.; JESSA L. WATTERS, GUNTHER KÖHLER, COLLIN WHITSETT, NICHOLAS A. HURON, RAFE M. BROWN, ARVIN C. DIESMOS & CAMERON D. SILER 2015. Redescription of the rare Philippine false gecko Pseudogekko brevipes (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) and description of a new species. Zootaxa 4020 (2): 357–374 - get paper here
  • Oliver, Paul M.; Rafe M. Brown, Fred Kraus, Eric Rittmeyer, Scott L. Travers, Cameron D. Siler 2018. Lizards of the lost arcs: mid-Cenozoic diversification, persistence and ecological marginalization in the West Pacific. Proc. R. Soc. B 285 20171760; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1760 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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  • Siler, Cameron D.; DREW R. DAVIS, ARVIN C. DIESMOS, FAITH GUINTO, COLLIN WHITSETT, RAFE M. BROWN 2016. A new species of Pseudogekko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Romblon Island Group, Central Philippines. Zootaxa 4139 (2): 248–260 - get paper here
  • Siler, Cameron D.; T. Alex Dececchi, Chris L. Merkord, Drew R. Davis, Tony J. Christiani, Rafe M. Brown 2013. Cryptic diversity and population genetic structure in the rare, endemic, forest-obligate, slender geckos of the Philippines. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
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  • Taylor, E.H. 1944. Present location of certain herpetological and other type specimens. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 30 (1): 117-187. - get paper here
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