A new Gehyra (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) from New Guinea with unique caudal scalation

Phillip L. Skipwith, Paul M. Oliver

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Abstract

We describe a new species of gekkonid gecko in the genus Gehyra from West Papua, Indonesia. Gehyra serraticauda sp. nov. keys to Gehyra, but is distinct from all known species; most notably, it is characterised by a continuous fringe of prominent acuminate lateral scales running the length of the tail, a feature shared with none of its congeners. Its robust body, intermediate size, numerous internasals, partially divided digital scansors, and the presence of well-developed popliteal folds further distinguish it from other Papuan Gehyra. The holotype of Gehyra serraticauda sp. nov. is of un-certain provenance, with the type locality listed as Fakfak, Onin Peninsula. However, the recent observation of a potential conspecific from Kaimana, Triton Bay supports the presence of this species in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalZootaxa
Volume3827
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2014

Keywords

  • Gekkonidae
  • Reptilia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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