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Urocotyledon norzilensis LOBÓN-ROVIRA, ROCHA, GOWER, PERERA & HARRIS, 2022

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymUrocotyledon norzilensis LOBÓN-ROVIRA, ROCHA, GOWER, PERERA & HARRIS 2022 
DistributionSeychelles (Praslin Island)

Type locality: 100 m above Anse Volbert, Praslin Island, Seychelles  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1987.1388; Paratypes: BMNH 1907.10.15.31, BMNH 1987.1391, BMNH 1987.1392, BMNH 1987.1389 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Urocotyledon with maximum snout-vent length 41.5 mm (mean = 38.9 ± 2.4 mm, n=18), with rounded and moderate snout, 10–12 supralabials and 11–12 infralabials. Dorsal pholidosis with homo- geneous small and granular scales; ventral scales smooth and slightly larger. A small, triangular small mental scale, and four to five small postmentals followed by a line of subequally sized post-postmentals. Precloacal and femoral pores absent. Two to four postcloacal spurs. As typical in Urocotyledon, prehensile tail with characteristic lamellae on the underside of the tip of the tail. Subcaudal scales smooth and slightly larger than dorsal scales. One pair of leaf-like terminal scansors separated by a groove on all fingers and toes. Four undivided scansors beneath first digit of both manus and five of pes, 9 or 10 beneath fourth digit of manus, 10 or 13 beneath fourth digit of pes. Dorsum presents pale greyish-pink coloration (in life) with two darker dotted or continuous crossbands from neck to the proximal end of the tail. Lateral band on head from eye to nape. (LOBÓN et al. 2022) 
Comment 
EtymologyThe name “norzilensis” derives from two local words, “nor” and “zil” which in Seselwa, the of- ficial Seychelles creole language, refer to “north” and “islands”, respectively, and refer to the geographical distribu- tion of this cryptic species. The termination “-ensis” refers to being from a place or locality. 
References
  • LOBÓN-ROVIRA, JAVIER; SARA ROCHA; DAVID J. GOWER; ANA PERERA & D. JAMES HARRIS 2022. The unexpected gecko: A new cryptic species within Urocotyledon inexpectata (Stejneger, 1893) from the northern granitic Seychelles. Zootaxa 5150 (4): 556-578
 
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