On two little-known terrestrial South Asian geckoes Hemidactylus reticulatus and Hemidactylus scabriceps (Reptilia: Gekkonidae)

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S. R. Ganesh
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1947-8093
M. Rameshwaran
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0198-3080
Naveen A. Joseph
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5488-3369
Ahamed M. Jerith
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3531-0300

Abstract

We studied two poorly known terrestrial geckoes inhabiting peninsular India namely, Hemidactylus reticulatus Beddome, 1870 and H. scabriceps (Annandale, 1906).  We present data on their morphometry, scalation, colouration and field observations based on both studies in the field and on voucher specimens.  Hemipenal morphology for H. scabriceps is presented herein for the first time.  Seen in light of some recent cases of misidentification between these two ecologically-similar parapatric species, the present work aids in precise identification and presents landscape clues that help understand their ecology.

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Ganesh, S.R., Rameshwaran, M., Joseph, N.A. and Jerith, A.M. 2017. On two little-known terrestrial South Asian geckoes Hemidactylus reticulatus and Hemidactylus scabriceps (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9, 5 (May 2017), 10171–10177. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3163.9.5.10171-10177.
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Author Biographies

S. R. Ganesh, Chennai Snake Park, Rajbhavan Post, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600022, India

Research Scientist

M. Rameshwaran, Reptile Conservation of India (RCI), No: 9/98, Dr. Chelladurai Nagar, Krishnapuram Post, Tirunelveli – 627 011, Tamil Nadu, India

Reptile Conservation of India (RCI),

No: 9/98, Dr. Chelladurai Nagar, Krishnapuram Post, Tirunelveli – 627 011, Tamil Nadu, India

Naveen A. Joseph, National Troopers for Conservation of Nature (NTCN), 3/79 C, East Street, Mudivaithanenthal, Thoothukudi- 628 102, Tamil Nadu, India.

National Troopers for Conservation of Nature (NTCN),

3/79 C, East Street, Mudivaithanenthal, Thoothukudi- 628 102, Tamil Nadu, India.

 

Ahamed M. Jerith, The American College, Goripalayam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625002, India

B.Sc. Zoology, The American College, Goripalayam, Madurai – 625 002, Tamil Nadu, India.

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