Yinmeng HOU,Shengchao SHI,Gang WANG,et al.A New Species of the Gekko japonicus Group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Southwest China[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2021,12(1):36-48.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.200064]
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A New Species of the Gekko japonicus Group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Southwest China
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A New Species of the Gekko japonicus Group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Southwest China
Yinmeng HOU126 Shengchao SHI126 Gang WANG34 Guocheng SHU156 Puyang ZHENG16 Yin QI16 Gaohui LIU7 Jianping JIANG16 Feng XIE16*
1CAS Key Laboratory of Mountain Ecological Restoration and Bioresource Utilization and Ecological Restoration Biodiversity Conservation Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China
2 Key Laboratory of Bio-Resource and Eco-Environment of the Ministry of Education, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, Sichuan, China
3 College of Chemistry and Life Science, Chengdu Normal University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan, China
4 College of Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Ecological Environment Protection, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan, China
5 Yibin University, Yibin 644000, Sichuan, China
6 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
7 Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
Gekko jinjiangensis sp. nov. Gekko japonicus group molecular phylogenetic analysis morphology Jinsha River
A new species of the Gekko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) is described from the border of Sichuan and Yunnan Province, southwest China, based on distinct morphological and molecular features. Gekko jinjiangensis sp. nov. is distinguished from congeners by a combination of the following characters: size small (SVL 50.2–61.6 mm, n = 13); nares in contact with rostral; interorbital scales between anterior corners of the eyes 20–24; ventral scales between mental and cloacal slit 146–169; midbody scale rows 111–149; ventral scale rows 31–47; subdigital lamellae on first toe 8–11, on fourth toe 11–15; no webbing in the fingers and toes; with tubercles on uapper surface of fore and hind limbs; precloacal pores 4–5 in males; postcloacal unilateral tubercles 1–2; dorsal surface of body with 8–9 large greyish brown markings between nape and sacrum. In molecular analyses, the new species is sister to G. scabridus, but separated from them by approximately 9.9%–12.2% in genetic divergence as shown by a fragment of the partial mitochondrial ND2 gene. The new species is the highest Gekko with elevation range from 2000 to 2476 m. Further surveys are recommended to better understand the occurrence and population status of the new species.


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