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Gonatodes naufragus RIVAS, UGUETO, SCHARGEL, BARROS, VELOZO & SÁNCHEZ, 2013

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGonatodes naufragus RIVAS, UGUETO, SCHARGEL, BARROS, VELOZO & SÁNCHEZ 2013 
DistributionVenezuela (Isla La Blanquilla)

Type locality: Playa Juan Gerardo (11°52’34.92”N, 64°37’36.68”W), 3 m elevation), La Blanquilla, Dependencias Federales, Venezuela Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: EBRG 5224 (Figs. 1, 4E), an adult female, collected on 20 October 2010, by Gilson A. Rivas, José J. Rodríguez and Ronnis Guevara.
Paratypes. MBLUZ 1010, an adult male, with same data as holotype. MBLUZ 1011, female, between Playa Juan Gerardo and Playa El Barco, La Blanquilla (11°53’22.84”N–64°37’10.62”W) by Gilson A. Rivas, José J. Rodríguez and Ronnis Guevara. MBLUZ 1012, female, and MBLUZ 1013, hatchling, from Playa Piedra Ahogada, La Blanquilla (11°49’23.87”N–64°38’09.15”W), 10 m asl, obtained on 21 October 2010 by Gilson A. Rivas, José J. Rodríguez and Ronnis Guevara. MBLUZ 1147, male, on 1 February 2012 by Gilson A. Rivas, Angel Fernández, Jose J. Rodríguez and Jackeline Reid. MBLUZ 1146, ju- venile, lomas de granito, La Blanquilla (11°51’53.42”N– 64°37’25.41”W), 15 m asl on 25 January 2012, 5 m asl. by Gilson A. Rivas, Angel Fernandez, Jose J. Rodriguez and Jackeline Reid. MBLUZ 1148, female, La Blanquilla (11°51’32.24”N–64°37’27.17”W), 20 m asl. on 2 February 2012, by Gilson A. Rivas, Angel Fernandez, Jose J. Rodri- guez and Jackeline Reid. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet naufragus is a Latin masculine adjective, meaning “shipwrecked” or “cast- away”, alluding to how a putative ancestor of this species could have colonized Isla La Blanquilla, remaining strand- ed on this small island and evolving in isolation from its congeners. 
References
  • Rivas, Gilson A.; Gabriel N. Ugueto, Walter E. Schargel, Tito R. Barros, Pablo Velozo, and Luz Esther Sánchez 2013. A Distinctive New Species of Gonatodes (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from Isla La Blanquilla, Venezuela, with Remarks on the Distribution of Some Other Caribbean Sphaerodactylid Lizards. South American J. Herp. 8 (1): 5-18.
 
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