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Ancylodactylus gigas (PERRET, 1986)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Perret's Nigeria Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis (Ancylodactylus) gigas PERRET 1986
Cnemaspis gigas — KLUGE 1993
Cnemaspis (Ancylodactylus) gigas — RÖSLER 2000: 62
Cnemaspis gigas — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012
Ancylodactylus gigas — MALONZA & BAUER 2022 

Type locality: Riyum, Plateau de Jos, Nigeria, 1200 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ZMUC 34390, male; paratype MHNG 2236.15, male; paratypes (female): MHNG 2236.16, ZMUC 34388-389, juv. ZMUC 34644. Au total six exemplaires récoltés par Arne Schiotz, 3.Dec.1958. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the giant “Gigas” in Greek mythology, the child of Uranus and Gaea. The name is applied to taxa that are giants oftheir kind. 
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
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