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Coleonyx mitratus (PETERS, 1863)

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Central American Banded Gecko
G: Mittelamerikanischer Krallengecko 
SynonymBrachydactylus mitratus PETERS 1863: 42
Eublepharis dovii BOULENGER 1885: 233
Eublepharis dovii — GÜNTHER 1893
Coleonyx mitratus — SCHMIDT 1928: 194
Coleonyx mitratus — KLAUBER 1945: 199
Coleonyx mitratus — KLUGE 1993
Coleonyx mitratus — KÖHLER 2000: 45
Coleonyx mitratus — SEUFER et al. 2005
Coleonyx mitratus — MCCRANIE 2018 
DistributionEl Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala

Type locality: “Costa Rica”  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 4598 
CommentTerrestrial, nocturnal species, found primarily on the forest floor.

Distribution: Not listed for Panama by KÖHLER (2000). Not in Panama fide Lotzkat (pers. comm. 23 Dec 2015). 
EtymologyThe name mitratus is Latin (wearing a headband) alluding to the pale crossband on the posterior portion of the head. 
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  • Firneno, Thomas J., Michael W. Itgen, Fatima M. Pereira-Pereira and Josiah H. Townsend. 2016. Geographic Distribution: Coleonyx mitratus (Central American Banded Gecko). Herpetological Review 47 (2): 257
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  • KLIMENT, P.: 2011. Haltung und Biologie des Mittelamerikanischen Krallengeckos Coleonyx mitratus (PETERS, 1863). Sauria 33 (3): 3-18 - get paper here
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  • McCranie, James R. 2018. The Lizards, Crocodiles, and Turtles of Honduras. Systematics, Distribution, and Conservation. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Special Publication Series (2): 1- 666 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1952. Die Amphibien und Reptilien von El Salvador. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) (No. 487): 120 pp.
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  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1863. Über einen neuen Gecko, Brachydactylus mitratus aus Costa Rica. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1863 (Januar): 41-44. - get paper here
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  • Sunyer, J., J. G. Martínez-Fonseca, M. Salazar-Saavedra, D. Monge Arróliga, J. Á. Rivera Blandón and A. A. Gutiérrez Rodríguez. 2017. Coleonyx mitratus (Peters, 1863). Nicaragua. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(2): 450–456 - get paper here
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