Lygodactylus pauliani PASTEUR & BLANC, 1991
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygodactylus pauliani?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus pauliani PASTEUR & BLANC 1991|
Lygodactylus pauliani — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus pauliani — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 284
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) pauliani — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus pauliani — RÖLL et al. 2010
Type locality: Ambatomenaloha, 1600 m elevation, Masif de l’Itremo, 75 km W Ambositra.
|Types||Holotype: MNHN 1990.7|
|Comment||L. pauliani differs from all other species in this supergroup by its unregenerated tail bearing ventral scales marked by subregular alternating (quincunxial) arrangement, rather than periodic scale motifs repeated with vertebrae. In Madagascar, only Lygodactylus tuberifer, from another supergroup, has also staggered undertail scales, but L. tuberifer has neither three symetrically polygonal postmentals nor long contacts between first infralabials and the rear lobe of the mental plate, two usual traits of L. pauliani's.|
Habitat: under stones in sandy grassland and in rocky areas with bushes.
Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||dedicated to Renaud Paulian.|