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Ancylodactylus dickersonae (SCHMIDT, 1919)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Dickerson's Forest Gecko, Four-lined forest gecko 
SynonymGonatodes dickersoni SCHMIDT 1919
Paragonatodes dickersoni — NOBLE 1921
Cnemaspis dickersoni — LOVERIDGE 1936: 49
Cnemaspis dickersoni — LOVERIDGE 1936: 822
Cnemaspis dickersoni — KLUGE 1993
Cnemaspis dickersoni — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 10
Cnemaspis (Ancylodactylus) dickersoni — RÖSLER 2000: 62
Cnemaspis dickersonae — MICHELS & BAUER 2004
Cnemaspis dickersoni — DUBOIS 2007 (by implication)
Cnemaspis dickersonae — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 79
Ancylodactylus dickersonae — MALONZA & BAUER 2022 
DistributionEthiopia, C/E Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda

Type locality: Medje, Ituri, Zaire.  
TypesSyntypes: AMNH 10101 
EtymologyNamed after Miss Mary Cynthia Dickerson, Associate Curator of Herpetology in the The American Museum of Natural History (SCHMIDT 1919: 436). Because the species is named after a woman, the name should be dickersonae instead of dickersoni. 
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  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Dubois, A. 2007. Genitives of species and subspecies nomina derived from personal names should not be emended. Zootaxa 1550: 49–68 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2006. Lizards of Ethiopia (Reptilia Sauria): an annotated checklist, bibliography, gazetteer and identification. Tropical Zoology 19 (1): 21-109 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. Revision of the African geckos of the genus Cnemaspis, with the description of a new race. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1935: 817—822. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - get paper here
  • MALONZA, P. K., & BAUER, A. M. 2022. Resurrection of the African gecko genus Ancylodactylus Müller, 1907 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) and description of six new species from Kenya. Zootaxa 5141 (2): 101-139 - get paper here
  • Michels, J.P. & A.M. Bauer 2004. Some corrections to the scientific names of amphibians and reptiles. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 52: 83–94 [2005] [Note: Dubois 2007 rejected most of the changes made in this paper] - get paper here
  • Noble, G. K. 1921. The bony structure and phyletic relations of Sphaerodactylus and allied lacertilian genera, with the description of a new genus. American Museum Novitates (4): 1-16 - get paper here
  • Perret J L 1986. Revision des especes africaines du genre Cnemaspis Strauch, sous-genre Ancylodactylus Muller (Lacertilia, Gekkonidae), avec la description de quatre especes nouvelles. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 93 (2) 1986: 457-505 - get paper here
  • Perret,J. L. 1985. Observations sur les espèces africains du genre Cnemaspis Strauch (Lacertilia, Gekkonidae). Bull. soc. Neuchâteloise Sci. Nat. 108: 29-42
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schmidt, Karl Patterson 1919. Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the Collection of the American Congo Expedition, 1909-1915. Part I: turtles, crocodiles, lizards, and chamaeleons. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 39 (2): 385-624 - get paper here
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  • Spawls, Stephen; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
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