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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
Gonatodes petersi — ESQUEDA 2004
Gonatodes vittatus — RIVAS et al. 2006 [in part]
Gonatodes v. vittatus — RIVERO-BLANCO 1967 
DistributionVenezuela (Mérida)

Type locality: road towards Las Mercedes/El Frío, less than 1 km away from Panamericana road (8° 53' 40.9'' N; 71° 20' 44.2'' W; 90 m), Mérida State, Venezuela Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype. MCNG 2231 (field number WES 3146), an adult male, collected on October 7, 2006 by Juan E. García-Pérez, Walter Schargel, and Hector Aguilar.
Paratypes. 17 specimens, all from Venezuela (states in upper case). MÉRIDA: MCNG 2232 (male), same data as the holotype. MBLUZ 828-1 (male), 828-2 (female): Hacienda La Onia, El Vigia (8°35'48" N, 71°41'27" W; 150 m). EBRG 4889 (female), MBLUZ 1398 (juvenile): near Cueva del Pirata, La Azulita (8°42’47” N, 71°26’26” W; 1030 m). MCNG 2233 (female), UTA 63886 (female): road from La Azulita to Santa Elena (8o44'21.2" N, 71o26'53.1" W; 850 m). EBRG 4890 (male), MCNG 2236 (male): San Felipe, road between Estanques and Santa Cruz de Mora (08°26'21.18" N, 71°34'53.64" W; 670 m). TÁCHIRA: MCNG 2237 (female), UTA 63888 (male): Río La Blanca, road Colon-La Fria, (08°04'45.60" N, 72°14'14.34" W; 560 m). MCNG 2235 (), UTA 63889 (juvenile): Socorro, road La Grita-La Fría (08°10'53.34" N, 72°13'58.56" W; 230 m). TRUJILLO: MBLUZ 283-1 (male), 283-2 (female), UTA 63887 (male), MCNG 2234 (male): from town of Betijoque (no geographic coordinates obtained in the field; elevational range of town 450–550 m). 
CommentSympatry: G. albogularis 
EtymologyThe specific name is the Spanish word meaning “little lightning” or “little ray”, a name informally coined by the late naturalist Dr. Richard Schargel for individuals of this species as well as of G. petersi and G. vittatus. The name refers to the notion that, because males of this group of species have a conspicuous middorsal white stripe, when they flee they resemble a “little white lightning.” Richard kept many species of Gonatodes in captivity and also helped support the first author on his research on the genus. 
  • SCHARGEL, WALTER E.; GILSON A. RIVAS, JUAN E. GARCÍA-PÉREZ, CARLOS RIVERO-BLANCO, PAUL T. CHIPPINDALE, MATTHEW K. FUJITA 2017. A new species of Gonatodes (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from the western versant of the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela. Zootaxa 4291 (3): 549–562 - get paper here
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