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Hemidactylus parvimaculatus (Sri Lankan spotted house gecko)

September 30, 2019

USA: LOUISIANA: PLAQUEMINES PARISH: 0.15 km S of the intersection of LA-23 and Jump  road, Venice (29.266630°N, 89.35570°W; WGS 84). 2 May 2019. V. C. Montross and W. McGighan. Verified by Aaron M. Bauer. Florida Museum of Natural History (UF 189238; photo voucher). New parish record. On 2 May 2019, three Hemidactylus parvimaculatus were observed after lifting an abandoned door left on the side of Jump Basin Road. An adult specimen was photographed. This record extends the known distribution of this species in Louisiana south of all previously recorded parishes and is 105 km SW of the species’ first recorded location in the state at Audubon Zoo, Orleans Parish (Heckard et al. 2013. IRCF Reptil. Amphib. 20:192–196). Four additional parishes in southeastern Louisiana have since been added to its known distribution including Jefferson (Borgardt 2015. Herpetol. Rev. 46:217), St. Tammany (Glorioso 2016. Herpetol. Rev. 47:81), St. John (Borgardt 2016. Herpetol. Rev. 47:258), and Tangipahoa (Erdman 2017. Herpetol. Rev. 48:125), as well as Chambers and Orange counties in east Texas (Davis and LaDuc 2019. Herpetol. Rev. 50:102). 

Publication Year 2019
Title Hemidactylus parvimaculatus (Sri Lankan spotted house gecko)
Authors C. M. Pellacchia, Brad M. Glorioso, R. W. Mendyk, C. A. Collen, V. C. Montross, W. McGighan, K. Macedo, B. R. Maldonado, I. N. Morenc
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Herpetological Review
Index ID 70205979
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center