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Blaesodactylus victori INEICH, GLAW & VENCES, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Victor’s Madagascar Velvet gecko
French: Gecko malgache velouté de Victor 
SynonymBlaesodactylus victori INEICH, GLAW & VENCES 2016 
DistributionNW Madagascar (Mahajanga)

Type locality: Namoroka National Park, Mahajanga Province, northwestern Madagascar (16°28’7”S, 45°20’56”E, ca. 130 m above sea level),  
TypesHolotype. MNHN-RA 2013.1038 (field number 1839 I), adult female (Fig. 2); collected by I. Ineich, on 10 September 2012 at night (21h00); Paratypes: None. 
CommentKnown only from the holotype.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym honoring the memory of Ivan Ineich’s son Victor Ineich (10 November 1989–30 January 2013). Victor died tragically when 23 years old in an avalanche while climbing with his friend Camille Duhé in the French Alps (Massif du Taillefer, village of Chantelouve, Parc National des Écrins) in the course of his training to be a mountain guide. He spent several weeks in Madagascar in the area of Mahajanga (14 February to 10 March 2011) and had great times in the country. The name is a masculine substantive formed in the genitive case. 
  • INEICH, IVAN; FRANK GLAW, MIGUEL VENCES 2016. A new species of Blaesodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Tsingy limestone outcrops in Namoroka National Park, north-western Madagascar. Zootaxa 4109 (5): 523–541
  • 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
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