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Lygodactylus rex BROADLEY, 1963

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesKing Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus rex BROADLEY 1963
Lygodactylus rex — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) rex — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus rex — RÖLL et al. 2010 
DistributionMalawi (S Mulange), Mozambique (Namuli Massif)

Type locality: Lujeri Estate, at the foot of Mlanje Mountain (approx. 2,500 feet), Nyasaland. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 4250: an adult-male. Collected by D. G. Broadley and L. Balarin, December 23, 1962. 
CommentDiagnosis. This is the largest species in the genus, adults measuring 40-50 mm. from snout to vent. The only species of comparable size are L. angularis (maximum 46 mm.) and L. picturatus (max. 43 mm.), both of which have an entire mental and transversely enlarged subcaudals. L. rex belongs to the L. capensis group, having a mental with short lateral fissures (as in L. bernardi) and subequal subcaudals. The conspicuous eye-spot above the shoulder in this species is quite distinctive.

Size: 53.8 SVL + 80.0 TL = 133.8 mm total length 
  • Branch, B. & Ryan, P.G. 2001. Additions to the Mozambique Herpetofauna: two new lizards from the Namuli Massif. Herpetological Review 32 (4): 281-282 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1963. Three new lizards from South Nyasaland and Tete. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (12) 6:285—288.
  • PORTIK, DANIEL M.; SCOTT L. TRAVERS, AARON M. BAUER, WILLIAM R. BRANCH 2013. A new species of Lygodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) endemic to Mount Namuli, an isolated ‘sky island’ of northern Mozambique. Zootaxa 3710 (5): 415–435 - get paper here
  • Röll, Beate; Heike Pröhl, Klaus-Peter Hoffmann 2010. Multigene phylogenetic analysis of Lygodactylus dwarf geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (1): 327-335 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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