Lygodactylus regulus PORTIK, TRAVERS, BAUER & BRANCH, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygodactylus regulus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Prince Dwarf Gecko|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus regulus PORTIK, TRAVERS, BAUER & BRANCH 2013|
Lygodactylus regulus — TRAVERS et al. 2014
|Distribution||Mozambique (Zambézia Province)|
Type locality: Mozambique, Zambézia Province, Mt. Namuli (15°23'15"S, 37°04'24"E), 1281 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: MVZ 266138, Adult male, collected by D. M. Portik, 10 August 2011 (Fig. 6).|
Paratypes. Three specimens: MVZ 266137, adult male, Mozambique, Zambézia Province, Mt. Namuli (15°22’28”S, 37°03’54”E, 1421 m a.s.l.), collected by D. M. Portik, 10 August 2011 (Fig. 7); PEM R14922, adult female, Mozambique, Zambézia Province, Mt. Namuli, Ridge leading to Marakuni Ridge (1537AC, 1800 m a.s.l.), collected by P. Ryan, 30 November 1998; PEM R20277, adult female, Mozambique, Zambézia Province, Mt. Namuli, Muretha Plateau (15°23’04.5”S, 37°03’13.6”E, 1878 m a.s.l.), collected by J. Bayliss, 27 May 2007 (Fig. 8).
|Comment||Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is derived from Latin regulus = petty king, prince. The closest relative of this species is Lygodactylus rex, the King Dwarf Gecko or Regal Dwarf Gecko, which exhibits a larger body size and inhabits nearby Mt. Mulanje, Malawi, an overall larger massif than Mt. Namuli, Mozambique. Given the smaller body size, smaller size of the massif inhabited, and close relationship with the King Dwarf Gecko, we recommend the common name Prince Dwarf Gecko for this species.|