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|
|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|
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