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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesAristelliger praesignis praesignis (HALLOWELL 1856)
Aristelliger praesignis nelsoni BARBOUR 1914 
Common NamesWoodslave (Cayman Island), Croaking Lizard (Jamaica) 
SynonymHemidactylus praesignis HALLOWELL 1856: 222
Aristelliger praesignis — BOULENGER 1885: 146
Aristelliger praesignis — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 364
Aristelliger praesignis praesignis — BAUER & RUSSEL 1993
Aristelliger praesignis — RÖSLER 2000: 60

Aristelliger praesignis nelsoni BARBOUR 1914
Aristelliger nelsoni BARBOUR 1914
Aristelliger praesignis nelsoni — HECHT 1951
Aristelliger praesignis nelsoni — WERMUTH 1965: 9
Aristelliger praesignis nelsoni — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988
Aristelliger praesignis nelsoni — BAUER & RUSSEL 1993
Aristelliger praesignis nelsoni — KLUGE 1993
Aristelliger nelsoni — POWELL & HENDERSON 2012
Aristelliger nelsoni — MCCRANIE 2015 
DistributionAntilles: Swan Island, Jamaica, Cayman Islands

praesignis: Jamaica, including Bogue Is., Morant Cays, Pedro Cays; Cayman Is. Type locality: Jamaica.

nelsoni: Honduras (Swan Island); Type locality: “Swan Island” [Honduras].  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: ANSP 7443-44.
HOLOTYPE: MCZ 7891 [nelsoni] 
CommentFor illustrations see Hecht, 1951; Hecht, 1952.

Diagaosis (nelsoni). Aristelliger nelsoni may be distinguished from A. p. praesignis by its larger size, shorter snout, and small, flattened and generally homogeneous dorsal granules. The dorsal pattern is often less pronounced than in the nominate subspecies (BAUER & RUSSEL 1993). 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin “prae” (= before) and “signe” (=mark), probably referring to the color pattern. A. nelsoni has been named after the collector George Nelson from the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 
References
  • Barbour, T. 1910. Notes on the herpetology of Jamaica. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 52: 273—301 - get paper here
  • Barbour, Thomas 1914. A Contribution to the Zoögeography of the West Indies, with Especial Reference to Amphibians and Reptiles. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoölogy 44 (2): 205-359 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A. M. and A. P Russell. 1993. Aristelliger praesignis. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (571) - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. and A.P. Russell 1993. Aristelliger. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (565): 1-4 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Garman, S. 1887. On the reptiles and batrachians of Grand Cayman. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 24: 273-277 - get paper here
  • Grant C. 1940. Notes on the reptiles and amphibians of Jamaica, with diagnoses of new species and subspecies. In: Jamaica Today. Hazell, Watson, and Viney, London and Aylesbury, p.151-157.
  • Grant, C. 1940. The herpetology of Jamaica Il. The reptiles. Bull. Inst. Jamaica., Sci. Ser. 1: 61-148.
  • Grant, C. 1941. The herpetology of the Cayman Islands. Bulletin of the Institute of Jamaica, Science Series [1940] (2):1-56
  • Griffing, Aaron H., Deboer, Jonathan C., Campbell, Patrick D., Wilson, Byron S. and Bauer, Aaron M. 2017. Aristelliger praesignis (Jamaican Croaking Lizard) Maximum size Herpetological Review 48 (1): 184-185 - get paper here
  • Hallowell, E. 1856. Notes on reptiles in the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 8: 221-238 - get paper here
  • Hecht, M.K. 1951. Fossil lizards of the West Indian genus Aristelliger (Gekkonidae). American Museum Novitates (1538): 1-33 - get paper here
  • Hecht, M.K. 1952. Natural selection in the lizard genus Aristelliger. Evolution 6: 112-24. - get paper here
  • Henkel,F.W. & Schmidt,W. 1991. Geckos. Biologie, Haltung und Zucht. Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart [ISBN 3-8001-7242-9]
  • Hilgenhof, R. J. 1998. Eine herpetologische Reise nach Nordost - Jamaika unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Gattung Anolis Daudin, 1802 - Teil II. Sauria 20 (3): 3-10 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • Pagoda, P. 2011. Ein Monat als Volontär in der Karibik - der Blauen wegen. Elaphe 19 (1): 65-72
  • 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.
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Wilson, B.S. & Vogel, P. 2000. A survey of the herpetofauna of the Hellshire Hills, Jamaica, including the rediscovery of the Blue-tailed Galliwasp (Celestus duquesneyi Grant). Carib. J. Sci. 36: 244-249
 
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