Philippines Gecko i.d.?

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Philippines Gecko i.d.?

Post by TeeJay » February 4th, 2011, 8:42 am

A friend of mine went to the Philippines a couple weeks ago and snapped this pic of a Gecko on Samal Island. Before she sent me the photo, she asked if I wanted to see some pics of one of the "Wall Salamanders" that were hanging out all over the cabin she was staying at.


Any idea what this might be? And is there an award for the 'most charming and interesting mis-identification of a herp' of the month?? I'd like to submit this as a contender.

(She's from Wisconsin) :beer:

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Re: Philippines Gecko i.d.?

Post by Rags » February 4th, 2011, 10:09 am

Looks like Cosymbotus platyurus - Flat tailed Gecko. (Also known as Flat Tailed Wall salamander!)

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Re: Philippines Gecko i.d.?

Post by jonathan » February 5th, 2011, 3:03 am

I concur.

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Re: Philippines Gecko i.d.?

Post by Viridovipera » February 5th, 2011, 6:49 am

I concur with the concurances above. Concurredly.

(Scientists make up words all the time, why can't I?)

(But seriously, I think it's C. platyurus. Or is it Hemidactylus now?)


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Re: Philippines Gecko i.d.?

Post by Michael » February 5th, 2011, 9:01 pm

Yes Alex, it is now Hemidactylus; Cosymbotus was shown to be in the Hemidactylus clade: Zug, G.R., Vindum, J.V. & Koo, M.S. 2007. Burmese Hemidactylus (Reptilia, Squamata, Gekkonidae): taxonomic notes in tropical Asian Hemidactylus. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 58(19): 387–405.

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Re: Philippines Gecko i.d.?

Post by Harold De Lisle » February 6th, 2011, 9:06 am

This argument has been going on for almost two centuries. platyurus was indentifed by Fitzinger in 1820 as Hemidactylus . In the past decade there have been two account that have use Cosymbotus and two that have used Hemidactylus . Remember, the genus category is purely subjective.

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