Lygodactylus rex BROADLEY, 1963
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Sauria (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||King Dwarf Gecko|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus rex BROADLEY 1963|
Lygodactylus rex — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) rex — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus rex — RÖLL et al. 2010
|Distribution||Malawi (S Mulange), Mozambique (Namuli Massif)|
Type locality: Lujeri Estate, at the foot of Mlanje Mountain (approx. 2,500 feet), Nyasaland. Map legend:
- 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.
|Types||Holotype: NMZB, previously UM 4250: an adult-male. Collected by D. G. Broadley and L. Balarin, December 23, 1962.|
|Comment||Diagnosis. 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
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