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Published: 2020-09-15

Goniurosaurus gezhi sp. nov., a new gecko species from Guangxi, China (Squamata: Eublepharidae)

Museum of Biology, School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China.
Museum of Biology, 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 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson 85719, USA.
Museum of Biology, School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China. Yangtze Delta Estuarine Wetland Ecosystem Observation and Research Station, Ministry of Education & Shanghai Science and Technology Committee, Shanghai, China.
Reptilia Gekkota taxonomy 16S karst Guangxi China


Five species of geckos in the genus Goniurosaurus had been recorded from Guangxi, China. Here we describe a new species, Goniurosaurus gezhi sp. nov. Zhu, He & Li. The new species is similar to those found in Guangxi and Guizhou provinces of China and Northern Vietnam, but unique in a combination of the following characters: (1) three body bands between limb insertions; (2) precloacal pores 18–20; (3) body small (SVL=70.6–83.8 mm); (4) body color orange to yellow. We evaluated the phylogenetic position of this new species based on the 16S mitochondrial gene. Molecular phylogenies validate this new species as distinct to currently described lineages within Goniurosaurus. The type specimens are deposited in the Museum of Biology, East China Normal University (ECNU).



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