New Record of the Leopard Gecko Goniurosaurus araneus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) for China and Habitat Partitioning between Geographically and Phylogenetically Close Leopard Geckos

Authors

  • Tian-Bo Chen Nonggang National Natural Reserve
  • Yuan-Jun Meng Nonggang National Natural Reserve
  • Ke Jiang State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Herpetology, Shenyang Normal University
  • Pi-Peng Li Institute of Herpetology, Shenyang Normal University
  • Bo-Hao Wen Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
  • Wenhua Lu The Conservation Agency
  • James Lazell The Conservation Agency
  • Mian Hou Institute of Herpetology, Shenyang Normal University, Academy of Continuing Education, Sichuan Normal University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v21i1.13981

Keywords:

Goniurosaurus luii, Distribution, Separation by river, Geographic barrier, Elevation, Aspect, Karst, Nonggang

Abstract

Two specimens of the Leopard Gecko Goniurosaurus araneus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) were collected from Nonggang National Nature Reserve, Chongzuo Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Ethnicity Autonomous Region, China, in October 2011. This species is a new record for China and this report is a range extension for the species from northern Vietnam to southern Guangxi. A phylogenetic study demonstrated that Goniurosaurus araneus and G. luii are a species pair. We show for the first time that they coexist broadly but are narrowly allopatric in a small area in southern Guangxi, separated only by a river, similar to what had been reported previously for G. yingdeensis and Goniurosaurus indet. from northwestern Guangdong. A river as a geographical barrier, elevation, and aspect may have contributed to habitat partitioning between G. araneus and G. luii.

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Published

2014-03-01

How to Cite

Chen, T.-B., Meng, Y.-J., Jiang, K., Li, P.-P., Wen, B.-H., Lu, W., Lazell, J., & Hou, M. (2014). New Record of the Leopard Gecko Goniurosaurus araneus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) for China and Habitat Partitioning between Geographically and Phylogenetically Close Leopard Geckos. Reptiles & Amphibians, 21(1), 16–27. https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v21i1.13981