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 West Australia to S Queensland and W New South Wales and Victoria)|
Type locality: Charlotte Waters, Northern Territory.
|Types||Holotype: NMV D7528 (1896 Ceramodactylus damaeus Lucas & Frost)|
|Comment||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.|
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.
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.|