Lygodactylus klemmeri PASTEUR, 1965
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygodactylus klemmeri?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Malagasy dwarf gecko|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus klemmeri PASTEUR 1965 (1964)|
Lygodactylus klemmeri — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus klemmeri — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 282
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) praecox PASTEUR 1995
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) praecox — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) klemmeri — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus klemmeri — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus praecox — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013
Type locality: Forest of Antsingy, between Maintirano and Morafenobe, NW Madagascar.
praecox: CW Madagascar; Type locality: Atsingy (CW Madagascar)
|Types||Holotype: MNHN 1950.259|
Holotype: MNHN 1990.48 [praecox]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Lygodactylus klemmeri is characterized as a member of the L. verticillatus group as defined above by its clearly whorled tail. It is distinguished from L. arnoulti, L. decaryi and L. verticillatus by having distinct diagonal black stripes on the throat (vs. no black lines on throat). L. blancae and L. heterurus also show black lines on throat, but these are only present in some specimens and then rather diffuse in L. blancae (vs. always present and very distinct in L. klemmeri), and they are longitudinal, following the body axis, in L. heterurus (vs. slightly diagonal, directed towards the center of the throat in L. klemmeri). Furthermore, in L. klemmeri, the ground colour of the throat is often at least slightly yellowish in life, whereas no ventral yellow colour is known from L. heterurus. Another species with black lines on the throat, here not assigned to the L. verticillatus group, is L. ornatus; in this species, the throat lines are transversal, and L. ornatus further differs by its non-whorled tail. L. klemmeri further differs from L. decaryi by a lower number of preanal pores in males (9 vs. 15).|
|Comment||PASTEUR’s paper was published only in 1965 although the journal was labeled “1964”.|
Habitat: According to Pasteur (1964) this species is arboreal.
|Etymology||Named after Konrad Klemmer, German herpetologist.|
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