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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesColopus wahlbergii wahlbergii PETERS 1869
Colopus wahlbergii furcifer HAACKE 1976 
Common NamesKalahari Ground Gecko, Wahlberg's Kalahari Gecko; furcifer: Striped Ground Gecko 
SynonymColopus wahlbergii PETERS 1869: 57
Colopus wahlbergii — BOULENGER 1885: 208
Colopus wahlbergii — FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Colopus marshalli FITZSIMONS 1959 (fide KLUGE 1993)
Colopus wahlbergii — WERMUTH 1965: 21
Colopus wahlbergii — RÖSLER 1995: 105
Colopus wahlbergii — BAUER et al. 1995

Colopus wahlbergii wahlbergii PETERS 1869
Colopus kalaharicus FITZSIMONS 1932 (fide KLUGE 1993)
Colopus wahlbergii wahlbergii — AUERBACH 1987: 90
Colopus wahlbergii wahlbergii — RÖSLER 2000: 64
Colopus wahlbergii wahlbergii — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Colopus wahlbergii wahlbergii — BRANCH in BATES et al. 2014: 105

Colopus wahlbergii furcifer HAACKE 1976
Colopus wahlbergii furcifer — AUERBACH 1987: 90
Colopus wahlbergii furcifer — RÖSLER 2000: 64
Colopus wahlbergii furcifer — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana

Type locality: “Damaralande” [Namibia]

furcifer: South Africa; Type locality: Twee Rivieren on Nossob River, Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Gordonia district (26°22’S, 20°36’E., 888 m elevation), Cape Province (now Northern Cape Province), South Africa,  
TypesHolotype: NRM (NHRM) 385
Holotype: TM 14552 [kalaharicus]
Holotype: TM 25727, adult female [furcifer]
Holotype: TM 22589 [marshalli] 
CommentType Species: Colopus wahlbergii PETERS 1869 is the type species of the genus Colopus.

Variation: the color pattern of this species is quite variable. See photos in Boone 2010.

Distribution: Not in Gabon fide PAUWELS & VANDE WEGHE 2008. 
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  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bauer, A.M. & Lamb, T. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of southern African geckos in the Pachydactylus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae). African Journal of Herpetology 54 (2): 105-129 - 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
  • Boone, Jon 2010. Field notes and reproduction in the genus Colopus. Gekko 6 (1): 43-55
  • 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
  • Broadley, D.G.; Spawls, S.M.P. 1991. Geographical Distribution - Colopus wahlbergii wahlbergii. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (39): 19-19 - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. and Paul Van Daele 2003. Geographic distribution. Colopus wahlbergii wahlbergii Peters, 1869. Kalahari Ground gecko. African Herp News (36):20.
  • FitzSimons, V. 1959. Some new reptiles from southern Africa and southern Angola. Annals Transvaal Mus. 23:405-409 - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons, V.F.M.; Brain, C.K. 1958. A Short account of the Reptiles of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Koedoe, 1(1): 99-104 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons,V. 1932. Preliminary descriptions of new forms of South African Reptilia and Amphibia, from the Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition, 1930. Ann. Transvaal Mus. 15 (1): 35-40 - get paper here
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