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Hemidactylus bouvieri (BOCOURT, 1870)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesHemidactylus bouvieri bouvieri (BOCOURT 1870)
Hemidactylus bouvieri boavistensis BOULENGER 1906
Hemidactylus bouvieri razoensis GRUBER & SCHLEICH 1982 
Common NamesCape Verde Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymEmydactylus bouvieri BOCOURT 1870: 17
Hemidactylus bouvieri — ROCHEBRUNE 1884: 76
Hemidactylus bouvieri — BOULENGER 1885: 118
Hemidactylus bouvieri — KLUGE 1993
Hemidactylus bouvieri — RÖSLER 2000: 85

Hemidactylus bouvieri bouvieri (BOCOURT 1870)
Hemidactylus cessacii BOCAGE 1873: 210 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Hemidactylus bouvieri bouvieri — LOVERIDGE 1947: 122
Hemidactylus bouvieri bouvieri — WERMUTH 1965: 70
Hemidactylus bouvieri bouvieri — RÖSLER 2015

Hemidactylus bouvieri boavistensis BOULENGER 1906
Hemidactylus boavistensis BOULENGER 1906: 198
Hemidactylus chevalieri ANGEL 1935: 166 (fide MERTENS 1955)
Hemidactylus bouvieri boavistensis — LOVERIDGE 1947: 121
Hemidactylus bouvieri boavistensis — MERTENS 1955: 5
Hemidactylus bouvieri boavistensis — WERMUTH 1965: 71
Hemidactylus bouvieri boavistensis — SCHLEICH 1987: 53
Hemidactylus bouvieri boavistensis — KÖHLER et al. 2007
Hemidactylus boavistensis —ARNOLD et al. 2008
Hemidactylus boavistensis — RÖSLER 2015

Hemidactylus bouvieri razoensis GRUBER & SCHLEICH 1982
Hemidactylus bouvieri razoensis — SCHLEICH 1987: 54
Hemidactylus bouvieri razoensis — RÖSLER 2015 
DistributionCape Verde Islands

boavistensis: Sal, Boa Vista Island; Type locality: Boa Vista Island.

razoensis: Razo Island; Type locality: Razo.

Type locality: Saint Vincent, Cape Verde Islands Map legend:
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TypesSyntypes: MNHN 2444, MNHN 1999.8221, MNHN 1999.8222 (3 specimens)
Holotype: RMNH [boavistensis]
Holotype: ZSM 129/1981; paratypes: ZSM 130/1981 [razoensis] 
CommentHemidactylus b. razoensis from Raso is genetically similar to H. b. bouvieri and differs only in its smaller body size. 
  • Angel, F. 1935. Lézards des iles du Cap Vert, rapportés par M. le Professeur Chevalier. Description de deux espècies nouvelles. Bulletin du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 7:165—169
  • Arnold, E. N.; Vasconcelos, R.; Harris, D. J.; Mateo, J. A.; Carranza, S. 2008. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the endemic Hemidactylus geckos (Reptilia, Squamata, Gekkonidae) of the Cape Verde Islands: based on morphology and mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Zoologica Scripta 37 (6): 619-636
  • Bocage,J.V.B. 1873. Melanges erpetologiques. II. Sur quelques reptiles et batraciens nouveaux, rares ou peu connus d‘Afrique occidentale. Jorn. Acad. Sci. Lisboa 4: 209-227
  • Bocourt, M. F. 1870. Description de quelques sauriens nouveaux originaires de l'Amérique méridionale. Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 6: 11-18. - 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
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1906. Report on the reptiles collected by the late L. Fea in West Africa. Ann. Mus. civ. Stor. Nat. Genova (3) 2: 196-216 - get paper here
  • Gruber, H. J., and H. H. Schleich. 1982. Hemidactylus bouvieri razoensis nov. ssp. von den Kapverdischen. Spixiana 5 (3): 303-310 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, R.; Siegel, A.; Barts, M. 2003. Herpetologische Beobachtungen auf der Kapverden-Insel Boavista. Sauria 25 (2): 17-21 (Erratum in 25 [3]: 20) - get paper here
  • Jesus, J.; Brehm, A.; Pinheiro, M. & Harris, D.J. 2001. Relationships of Hemidactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Cape Verde Islands: what mitochondrial DNA data indicate. Journal of Herpetology 35 (4): 672-675 - get paper here
  • Jesus, José; Antonio Brehm and D. James Harris 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of Hemidactylus geckos from the Gulf of Guinea islands: patterns of natural colonizations and anthropogenic introductions estimated from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34 (3): 480-485 - get paper here
  • Joger U 1993. On two collections of reptiles and amphibians from the Cape Verde Islands, with descriptions of three new taxa. COURIER FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT SENCKENBERG 159: 437-444
  • Köhler, G.; Hertz, A.; Sunyer, J.; Seipp, R. & Monteiro, A. 2007. Herpetologische Forschungen auf den Kapverden unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Kapverdischen Riesenskinks, Macroscincus coctei. Elaphe 15 (4): 62-66
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1955. Die Eidechsen der Kapverden. Soc. Sci. fenn. Comment. biol. 15: 1-16
  • Rochebrune, A. T. de 1884. Faune de la Senegambie. Reptiles. O. Dom, Paris, 1-221. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Schleich, H.H. 1987. Herpetofauna caboverdiana. Spixiana Suppl. (12) 75 pp. - get paper here
  • Zwanzig, Bernd-Michael & Wolfgang Grossmann 2013. Halbfingergeckos: Hemidactylus. Die verkannte Gattung. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (2): 14-27 - get paper here
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