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Lepidodactylus manni SCHMIDT, 1923

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Fiji Scaly-toed Gecko 
SynonymLepidodactylus manni SCHMIDT 1923: 51
Lepidodactylus manni — WERMUTH 1965: 99
Lepidodactylus manni — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus manni — RÖSLER 2000: 91 
DistributionFiji Islands (Viti Levu, Rabi, Kadavu)

Type locality: Suene, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 16880 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A round tailed Lepidodactylus nearest to L. gardineri Boulenger, from Rotuma Island, from which it differs in having smooth upper labials, no enlarged internasal scale, shorter head and limbs, and fewer labials and subdigital lamellae.

Description of Type: Head small, snout twice the diameter of the orbit, which is less than the distance from orbit to ear opening; ear opening very small, round; body rather stout, limbs short; tail round, tapering; digits moderate, inner well developed, not webbed; division of the distal lamellat merely indicated; 12 lamellaebeneath the third toe. Scales uniformly granular, larger on the snout, largest and flat on the belly; rostral bordered above by three granular scales between the nasals; nostril pierced between the rostral, first labial, and three nasals; three rows of small chin-shields graduated into the granules of the throat.

Coloration: Brownish above, with indistinct darker cross bars on body and tail; lower parts lighter.

Size: Total length 74 mm. Body 38 mm. Tail 38 mm. Length of head to ear, 9rmm. Width of head 7 mm (Measurements of body and tail approximate, as I have avoided straightening them.)

All data above from Schmidt 1923: 51. 
CommentGroup: Member of Lepidodactylus group I. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, William Montana Mann. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brown,W.C. & Parker,F. 1977. Lizards of the genus Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae) from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the islands of the Pacific, with description of new species. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 41: 253-265 - get paper here
  • Ineich, Ivan;Zug, George 1994. Un lézard endémique des Iles Fidji, le Gecko de Mann, Lepidodactylus manni Schmidt 1923. Rev. Française Aquariol. 20 (3): 93-96
  • Morrison, C. 2003. A Field Guide to the Herpetofauna of Fiji. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific, 121 pp.
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1923. A list of Fijian lizards. Copeia 1923 (116) :50—52. - get paper here
  • Zug,G. R. 1991. The lizards of Fiji: Natural history and systematics. Bishop Mus. Bull. Zool. 2: 1-136
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