A new gecko from Libya: Tarentola neglecta lanzai n. ssp.

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New findings from two Central Libyan oases extend the distribution area of the Saharan gecko Tarentola neglecta considerably to the East. Scale counts falling outside the range of the two known subspecies show that the new specimens belong to a third subspecies which is described here under the name Tarentola neglecta lanzai. A molecular phylogeny with mitochondrial genes presents further evidence that T. neglecta is the sister species of the Egyptian T. mindiae, both of which constitute a monophyletic clade within the T. fascicularis-deserti group.

A new gecko from Libya: Tarentola neglecta lanzai n. ssp.

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    General habitat of Tarentola neglecta lanzai n. ssp. at its type locality, Mandria Oasis, Libya. Photo: I. Bshaena. This figure is published in colour in the online version.

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    Localities of Tarentola collected in Libya. Localities of T. n. lanzai n. ssp. marked by an ellipse. This figure is published in colour in the online version.

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    50% majority-rule consensus tree obtained from Bayesian MCMC analysis, based on 1433 bp mtDNA sequences, depicting the relationships among haplotypes; with Tarentola delalandii delalandii designated as outgroup. Bayesian posterior probability values are given near branches. Clade of Tarentola neglecta and T. mindiae is Clade B. This figure is published in colour in the online version.

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    PCA of Libyan Tarentola. Nine OTUs of Libyan Tarentola populations, only males (T. deserti, T. fascicularis, T. sp., [5 distinct populations within the T. fascicularis-deserti-complex], and T. neglecta – Gaber-Aown Oasis Lake) were plotted together. The first and second principal components cover 43.49% of total variance.

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    (A) Tarentola neglecta lanzai n. ssp., paratype SNHM-BS N 44085. Label shows the initial collection number. Photo: I. Bshaena. (B) Tarentola n. neglecta, southern Tunisia. Photo: U. Joger. This figure is published in colour in the online version.

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