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Published: 2021-07-06

Goniurosaurus chengzheng sp. nov., a new species of Leopard Gecko from Guangxi, China (Squamata: Eublepharidae)

Museum of Biology, School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China.
School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China.
School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson 85719, USA.
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin 78705, USA.
Museum of Biology, School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China.
Reptilia gecko taxonomy molecular phylogeny karst Guangxi China


Six species of geckos in the genus Goniurosaurus have been recorded from Guangxi, China. Here we describe a new species, Goniurosaurus chengzheng sp. nov. The new species is similar to allied species from Guangxi, but unique in a combination of the following characters: (1) four body bands with three between limb insertions; (2) precloacal pores 20; (3) body color reddish- brown; (4) snout to eye distance: eye to ear distance < 1. We used the mitochondrial genes 16S and cytb to confirm the distinctiveness of the species and place it within a molecular phylogeny of Goniurosaurus. The type specimens are deposited in the Museum of Biology, East China Normal University (ECNU).



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