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Lygodactylus blancae PASTEUR, 1995

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLygodactylus (Lygodactylus) blancae PASTEUR 1995
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) blancae — RÖSLER 2000: 92
Lygodactylus blancae — PUENTE et al. 2009: 49
Lygodactylus blancae —RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus blancae — GIPPNER et al. 2021 

Type locality: Ampefy, 1 km NW Lac Itasy, NW of Ankaratra, 1400 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1990.0039 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lygodactylus blancae, a species apparently endemic to a small area in the central highlands, is characterized as a member of the L. verticillatus group as defined above by its clearly whorled tail. It differs from other species of the group as follows: from L. heterurus and L. klemmeri by the absence of distinct and well-defined longitudinal dark lines on the throat (although a large number of black spots can be present on the throat which sometimes form irregular longitudinal lines) and a yellow venter in life, especially in males (vs. presence of well defined throat lines and absence of yellow pigment of venter in life); from L. decaryi and L. verticillatus by a larger body size (mean SVL 30.3 mm vs. 25.1 and 23.1 mm); from L. decaryi by a lower number of preanal pores in males (9–11 vs. 15); from L. verticillatus by a pigmented throat with distinct black spots that sometimes form longitudinal lines (vs. no distinct dark spots on throat). Distinction is most difficult from L. arnoulti; however, this species has a clear dorsal colour and pattern (usually grey with a pattern of indistinct ocellae or of regularly arranged transversal dark lines or markings) whereas the pattern is more diffuse and variable in L. blancae, and L. arnoulti usually has only few or no black spots on the throat whereas in L. blancae the throat usually is densely spotted, the spots sometimes forming diffuse longitudinal lines. (PUENTE et al. 2009)
CommentHabitat. According to Pasteur (1995) this species was found living in small trees near the lake.

Karyotype: see Mezzasalma et al. 2016. 
Etymologydedicated to Françoise Blanc. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Gippner, Sven, Scott L Travers, Mark D Scherz, Timothy J Colston, Mariana L Lyra, Ashwini V Mohan, Malte Multzsch, Stuart V. Nielsen, Loïs Rancilhac, Frank Glaw, Aaron M. Bauer, Miguel Vences 2021. A Comprehensive Phylogeny of Dwarf Geckos of the Genus Lygodactylus, with Insights into Their Systematics and Morphological Variation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107311 - get paper here
  • Krüger, Jens 2001. Die madagassischen Gekkoniden. Teil II: Die Geckos der Gattung Lygodactylus GRAY 1864 (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 3-28
  • Mezzasalma M., Andreone F., Aprea G., Glaw F., Odierna G., Guarino F. M. 2016. Molecular phylogeny, biogeography and chromosome evolution of Malagasy dwarf geckos of the genus Lygodactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae). Zoologica Scripta 46: 42–54, DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12188 - get paper here
  • Pasteur G 1995. Biodiversite et reptiles: diagnoses de sept nouvelles especes fossiles et actuelles du genre de lezards Lygodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae). [includes L. succinarius, an extinct species]. Dumerilia 2: 1-21
  • PUENTE, MARTA; FRANK GLAW, DAVID R. VIEITES & MIGUEL VENCES 2009. Review of the systematics, morphology and distribution of Malagasy dwarf geckos, genera Lygodactylus and Microscalabotes (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2103: 1-76 - get paper here
  • Rakotondrazafy, Andry Malalan’Ny Aina and Miguel Vences. 2011. New distribution record of Lygodactylus blancae, a poorly known dwarf gecko from Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 4: 409-412 - get paper here
  • Randrianantoandro, Christian and Tokiniaina Hobinjatovo. 2011. New observations of Blanc’s dwarf gecko (Lygodactylus blancae Pasteur, 1995) from the central highlands of Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 4: 233-237. - get paper here
  • Röll, Beate; Heike Pröhl, Klaus-Peter Hoffmann 2010. Multigene phylogenetic analysis of Lygodactylus dwarf geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (1): 327-335 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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