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Aristelliger hechti SCHWARTZ & CROMBIE, 1975

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Caicos Croaking Gecko, Hecht's Caribbean Gecko 
SynonymAristelliger hechti SCHWARTZ & CROMBIE 1975: 308
Aristelliger hechti — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 362
Aristelliger hechti — RÖSLER 2000: 60 
DistributionAntilles: Caicos-Islands

Type locality: Little Ambergris Cay, Caicos Islands.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 195844 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 90 mm, in females to 75 mm); snout short and rounded; 1 enlarged median postmental; fourth finger lamellae 22-28; fourth toe lamellae 24-31; "friction pads" on only 1 finger and 1 toe. Dorsum with pair of dark scapular ocelli surrounded by pale pigment and including pale (whitish) central spot, and/or ocellar pattern reduced or absent; head and body with scalloped middorsal band or series of fused, pale rhombs, or even completely patternless, reddish tan, slightly brighter on tail (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 362). 
CommentIllustrations: The first illustration of this species was published by BAUER & RUSSELL 1993. 
EtymologyNamed after Max K. Hecht (1925-). 
  • Bauer, A. M. and A. P. Russell. 1993. Aristelliger hechti. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (569) - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. and A.P. Russell 1993. Aristelliger. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (565): 1-4 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Schwartz, A. and R. I. Crombie. 1975. A new species of the genus Aristelliger (Sauria: Geckkonidae) from the Caicos Islands. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 88:305-313. - get paper here
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