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A new cryptic rock-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from south India

Agarwal, Ishan and Giri, Varad B and Bauer, Aaron M (2011) A new cryptic rock-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from south India. In: Zootaxa (2765). pp. 21-37.

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A new species of gecko, Hemidactylus graniticolus sp. nov. is described from Karnataka state, south India. This large-sized (SVL to at least 110.6 mm), rupicolous gecko differs from congeners in having 16-18 longitudinal rows of fairly regularly arranged, subtrihedral, weakly keeled, striated tubercles at midbody; 9-11 and 12-13 subdigital lamellae on the first and fourth digits, respectively, of both manus and pes; tail with transverse series of four enlarged tubercles on each tail segment; 23-28 femoral pores on each side separated by 1-3 poreless scales; 12-14 supralabials and 9-11 infralabials. Molecular data support the distinctiveness of the new species and its affinities with large-bodied, tuberculate Hemidactylus spp. from India and Sri Lanka.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Zootaxa
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Magnolia Press.
Keywords: Hemidactylus graniticolus sp nov.; H. maculatus; H. hunae; H. prashadi group; cryptic species; India
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2011 06:59
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2012 04:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35869

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