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Gonatodes caudiscutatus (GÜNTHER, 1859)

IUCN Red List - Gonatodes caudiscutatus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesShieldhead Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus caudiscutatus GÜNTHER 1859: 410
? Goniodactylus caudiscutatus — O’SHAUGHNESSY 1876: 265
Gonatodes caudiscutatus - BOULENGER 1885: 61
Gonatodes collaris GARMAN 1892: 83
Gonatodes collaris — VAN DENBURGH 1912
Gonatodes caudiscutatus - VANZOLINI 1955: 125
Gonatodes caudiscutatus — RÖSLER 1995: 166
Gonatodes caudiscutatus — STURARO & AVILA-PIRES 2013 
DistributionEcuador, Colombia, Peru ?, introduced to the Galapagos Islands (SWASH & STILL 2000)

Type locality: Andes of Western Ecuador. Map legend:
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NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.9.7.6-9 (4) 
CommentSynonymy partly after PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 132.

Behavior: mainly diurnal

Similar species: Gonatodes concinnatus; some of the records of G. cuudiscututus from Colombia were based on Gonatodes riveroi. 
References
  • Baldamus, P. 2009. Haltung und Nachzucht von Gonatodes caudiscutatus. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (78): 28-30 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - 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
  • CASTRO-HERRERA, FERNANDO; ANYELET VALENCIA-AGUILAR, DIEGO VILLAQUIRAN-Martínez 2012. Diversidad de Anfibios y Reptiles del Parque Nacional Natural Isla Gorgona Universidad del Valle, Santiago de Cali, Valle del Cauca, 112 pp.
  • Garman, S. 1892. The reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. From the collections of Dr. Geo. Baur. Bull. Essex Inst. 24: 73-87
  • Günther,A. 1859. Second list of cold-blooded vertebrata collected by Mr. Fraser in the Andes of Western Ecuador. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1859: 402-422 - get paper here
  • Hluschi, D. 2009. Gonatodes - die unbekannten Juwelen der Neotropis. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (78): 16-23 - get paper here
  • Lehr, E. 2002. Amphibien und Reptilien in Peru. Natur und Tier-Verlag (Münster), 208 pp. - get paper here
  • O’Shaughnessy,A.W.E. 1876. Descriptions of new species of Gekkotidae in the British Museum Collection. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 16: 262-266 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Sturaro, Marcelo José and Teresa C.S. Avila-Pires 2013. Redescription of the Gecko Gonatodes caudiscutatus (Günther, 1859) (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae). South American J. Herp. 8 (2): 132-145. - get paper here
  • Swash, A. & Still, R. 2000. Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Pica Press, 168 pp.
  • Van Denburgh, John 1912. Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences to the Galapagos Islands, 1905-1906. VI. The geckos of the Galapagos Archipelago. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 1: 405-430 - get paper here
  • Vanzolini,P.E. 1955. Sóbre Gonatodes varius (Auguste Dumeril), com notas sóbre outras espécies do género (Sauria, Gekkonidae). Pap. Avulsos Zool. 12: 119-132
  • Werner, F. 1901. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Ecuador und Neu-Guinea. Verh. Zool.-bot. Ges. Wien 51: 593-614
  • Wood, G. Congdon 1939. Results of the Pinchot South Sea Expedition, III. ï Galapagos reptiles. Notulae Naturae (15): 1-4
 
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