Lucasium damaeum (LUCAS & FROST, 1896)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lucasium damaeum?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Beaded Gecko|
|Synonym||Ceramodactylus damaeus LUCAS & FROST 1896|
Lucasius damaeus — KINGHORN 1929: 77
Lucasius damaeus — LOVERIDGE 1934: 297
Lucasium damaeum — WERMUTH 1965: 100 (nom. nov.)
Diplodactylus damaeus — KLUGE 1967
Diplodactylus daemeus — COVENTRY 1970
Oedura lesueurii lesueurii — DAVEY 1970 (nec O. lesueurii DUMÉRIL & BIBRON)
Diplodactylus dameum — GORMAN 1973
Turnerdactylus damaeus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1989
Diplodactylus damaeus — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus damaeus — RÖSLER 1995: 80
Lucasium damaeum — COGGER 2000: 250
Diplodactylus damaeus — RÖSLER 2000: 77
Diplodactylus damaeus — GREER 2006 (online)
Lucasium damaeum — OLIVER et al. 2007
|Distribution||Australia (drier interior from SE Western Australia to S Queensland and W New South Wales and Victoria)|
Type locality: Charlotte Waters, Northern Territory.
|Types||Holotype: NMV D7528 (formerly 57846)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): OLIVER 2007.|
L. damaeum is characterized by complete loss of subdigital lamellae and scansors, but Kluge (1967) suggested that this species was no more than the extreme of a trend seen in the stenodactylus group of Diplodactylus.
|Comment||Synonymy: Assigned previously to the Diplodactylus stenodactylus group. The name Lucasius is preoccupied by a Crustacean and has also been used for a Hymenopteran). WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984 synonymized Lucasium with Diplodactylus. However, Lucasium was resurrected by Oliver et al. 2007. McGrath 2008 suggested to merge Lucasium and Diplodactylus into the genus Reliquodactylus, an unnecessary act that produced nothing but a new synonym and actually a nomen nudum (Rösler et al. 2018, forthcoming).|
Type Species: Ceramodactylus damaeus is the type species of the genus Lucasium WERMUTH 1965. A generic diagnosis is given in OLIVER 2007.
|Etymology||The genus Lucasium has been named after Arthur Henry Shakespeare LUCAS (1853-1936), british-born physician and herpetologist who moved to Australia in 1883. For more biographical details see Shea 2003.|