Lygodactylus montanus PASTEUR, 1965
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygodactylus montanus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Mount Ivohibe Gecko|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus montanus PASTEUR 1965|
Lygodactylus montanus — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus montanus — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 284
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) montanus — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus montanus — RÖLL et al. 2010
Type locality: Summit of Mount Ivohibé, SE Madagascar, 2100 m elevation
|Types||Holotype: MNHN 1956.71|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large species, endemic to high elevations on Ivohibe mountain and on the Andohahela/Anosy chains. Assigned to the L. mirabilis group based on its partially keeled dorsal scales and ocellated/striated polymorphism of the dorsal pattern. L. montanus differs from L. mirabilis by being larger (maximum SVL 37.5 mm vs. 29.3 mm), having more preanal pores in males (8–11 vs. 7), having a small but well developed first finger with claw (vs. first finger absent), and by having partially keeled dorsal scales (vs. fully keeled). It differs from L. intermedius by being larger (maximum SVL 37.5 mm vs. 30.9 mm), by having 8–11 preanal pores in males (vs. seven), and having partially keeled dorsal scales (versus fully keeled). It differs from L. blanci by absence of a claw on the first finger (vs. presence).|
|Comment||Not listed for Tanzania by BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991. PASTEUR’s paper was published only in 1965 although the journal was labeled “1964”.|
Habitat. According to Pasteur (1964) this species lives on rocks. At Andohahela, we found specimens during cloudy weather under stones which were laying on large and rather smooth outcrops of granitic rock.
|Etymology||Named after Latin “montanus”, meaning “pertaining to mountains.|