Lygodactylus guibei PASTEUR, 1965
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Westem Dwarf Gecko|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus (Domerguella) guibei PASTEUR 1965|
Lygodactylus guibei — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus guibei — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 285
Lygodactylus (Domerguella) guibei — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus guibei — RÖLL et al. 2010
Type locality: Andasibe (Périnet), E Madagascar Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: MNHN A.60|
|Comment||PASTEUR’s paper was published only in 1965 although the journal was labeled “1964”.|
Diagnosis. An apparently rather localized forest-dwelling species from mid-altitudes in the Northern Central East of Madagascar. It can clearly be assigned to the L. madagascariensis group by sharing the characters listed in the group definition above. L. guibei is distinguished from L. madagascariensis, L. expectatus, and L. rarus by the presence of distinct dorsolateral tubercles and lateral spiny tubercles on the base of the tail (vs. absence); from L. expectatus by non-enlarged dorsolateral scales (vs. enlarged), from L. rarus by the absence of broad and distinct crossbands on tail (vs. presence), and from L. miops by a stronger expression of dorsolateral tubercles and spiny tubercles on tail base, and by usually four postpostmentals (vs. usually five). Furthermore, the head of L. guibei appears to be rather massive compared to other species (including L. miops), but this character needs to be validated by further studies.
Habitat. According to Pasteur (1964) L. guibei is arboreal. We found this species in rainforest in trees at ca. 1–3 m from the ground during the day; in each tree, only one adult male was found together with several females and juveniles (M. Puente et al. 2009).
Karyotype: see Mezzasalma et al. 2016.
|Etymology||Named after Jean M. R. Guibé, French herpetologist (1910-1999).|
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