New publications: two new records for Texas

Two new, noteworthy records for Texas were published in the March 2019 issue of Herpetological Review. The first was a western range extension of the Lesser Siren, Siren intermedia (though there is some taxonomic confusion surrounding this species identification), from the Rio Grande watershed in Kinney County. The second represents a new species of reptile for the state of Texas. I collected several specimens of Sri Lankan House Geckos (Hemidactylus aff. parvimaculatus) in east Texas. This species has not been previously reported from Texas and appears to expanding its range along the I-10 corridor from New Orleans and suspect that it will continue to be discovered in new localities.

Davis DR, Ruppert KM, Kline RJ. 2019. Geographic distribution: USA, Texas, Kinney Co.: Siren intermedia (Lesser Siren). Herpetological Review 50:95–96. [PDF]

Davis DR, LaDuc TJ. 2019. Geographic distribution: USA, Texas, Chambers Co., Orange Co.: Hemidactylus aff. parvimaculatus (Sri Lankan House Gecko). Herpetological Review 50:102. [PDF]