Afrogecko porphyreus (DAUDIN, 1802)
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Gecko porphyreus DAUDIN 1802: 130|
Phyllodactylus porphyreus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 393
Phyllodactylus porphyreus — BOULENGER 1885: 87
Phyllodactylus porphyreus namaquensis HEWITT 1935: 320
Phyllodactylus porphyreus cronwrigthi HEWITT 1937: 205
Phyllodactylus porphyreus namaquensis — WERMUTH 1965: 143
Phyllodactylus porphyreus — KLUGE 1993
Afrogecko porphyreus - BAUER et al. 1997
Afrogecko porphyreus — HEINICKE et al. 2014
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (S/SW Cape, Port Elizabeth),|
Islands off the west coast of South Africa (Robben, Jutten, Dassen, Meeuw, Marcus, Malgas, Schappen). One questionable record from Cameroon (Tornier 1902), Namibia
Type locality: Santo Domingo Island. Terra typica designata (FlTZSIMONS 1943): Cape of Good Hope
namaquensis: Type locality: “Bitterfontein, Namaqualand” Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: MNHN 6732|
Holotype: Albany Museum [namaquensis]
|Comment||Distribution: Records from Madagascar are in error since they refer to Phyllodactylus brevipes.|
Subspecies: The subspecies described by HEWITT (1935, 1937) have been questioned and synonymized with the “nominate” form (see Bauer et al. 1997).
Type species: Gecko porphyreus DAUDIN 1802 is the type species of the genus Afrogecko BAUER, GOOD & BRANCH 1997.
Definition (genus) Afrogecko is distinguishable from all other geckos based on the following combination of characters: size moderate (45–50 mm max. SVL), with a fairly large head and long snout, cylindrical body, and round, tapering tail. Digits are free and bear a single pair of dilated termi- nal adhesive pads (‘leaf toes’); claws are present on all digits. Dorsal scalation consists of small, smooth granules. Preanal pores are absent; one cloacal spur is present. The eye bears a vertical pupil with crenate margins. The skull displays no co-ossification with the overlying skin; fused nasals; frontal single; parietal paired; stapes imperforate; 14 scleral ossicles; 8-12 premaxillary, and between 30 and 35 dentary teeth; hyoid with second ceratobranchial carti- lages. There are 26 presacral vertebrae and one pair of clo- acal bones. The phalangeal formula is 2-3-4-5-3 (manus)/ 2-3-4-5-4 (pes); paraphalangeal elements are absent.
Afrogecko porphyreus exhibits the following non- homoplastic apomorphic cranial characters: vomer over- lapping the maxilla posterior to the fenestra vomeronasa- lis externa, incomplete neochoanate condition (17-1, 53- 1, Fig. 21); frontal medial process longer than lateral pro- cesses (137-2, Fig. 11); surangular contacts the dentary anterior to coronoid-dentary contact (352-2, Fig. 16) [HEINICKE et al. 2014].
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