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Lygodactylus tolampyae (GRANDIDIER, 1872)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesGrandidier's Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus tolampyae GRANDIDIER 1872: 8
Hemidactylus tolampyae — BOULENGER 1885: 113
Lygodactylus tolampyae — MOCQUARD 1909: 94
Lygodactylus tuberifer BOETTGER 1913: 288
Lygodactylus tolampyae — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus tolampyae — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 284
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) tolampyae — RÖSLER 2000: 95
Lygodactylus tolampyae — RÖLL et al. 2010 
DistributionMadagascar (west coast)

Type locality: Forrest near the Eastern coast of Madagascar. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 7636
Lecotype: SMF 8948 [tuberifer] 
CommentDiagnosis. A moderately sized tree-dwelling Lygodactylus, widespread and common in dry forests of western Madagascar. Lygodactylus tolampyae differs from all other Malagasy Lygodactylus by its mental scale that is semi-divided by sutures, with a posterior projection that has a broad and distinct contact to the first infralabial (this contact being absent or less broad in other Lygodactylus). The species is further distinguished from species in the L. madagascariensis group by the semi-divided mental and three postmentals (vs. undivided with two postmentals) and by the presence (vs. absence) of a claw on the first finger; from the species in the L. pictus group by having mostly three postmental scales (vs. usually two) and by lacking yellow ventral coloration in life (vs. presence in L. pictus and L. roavolana); from the species in the L. mirabilis group by granular (vs. keeled or partially keeled) dorsal scales; and from the species in the L. verticillatus group by a non-whorled tail (vs. whorled) and by 7 preanal pores in males (vs. usually 9 or more). Further differences to unclassified species are as follows: L. tolampyae differs from L. ornatus by the absence of dark stripes on the throat (vs. presence) and the number of prenal pores (7 vs. 11); and from L. pauliani apparently by a higher number of dorsal scales along and around the body (for values, see description below).

Habitat. Puente et al. (2009) observed specimens belonging to this species active during the day on tree trunks, and at night, sleeping at the end of thin branches of trees and bushes, about 1–2 m above the ground. At Ankarafantsika, Berara, and in the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, the species is very common in deciduous dry forest. The species apparently also inhabits rocks in some cases. 
Etymologynot given in original description. 
References
  • Andersson, Lars Gabriel 1910. Reptiles and batrachians from the north-west of Madagascar collected by V. Kaudern, 1906-1907. Arkiv för Zoologi 7 (7): 1-15.
  • Boettger, O. 1913. Reptilien und Amphibien von Madagascar, den Inseln und dem Festland Ostafrikas. Pp. 269-375. In: Voeltzkow, A. Reise in Ostafrika in den Jahren 1903-1905. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse. Vol. 3. Systematische Arbeiten. Schweizerbart’ sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Nägele und Sproesser, Stuttgart
  • BORA, PARFAIT; J. CHRISTIAN RANDRIANANTOANDRO, ROMA RANDRIANAVELONA, ELISOA F. HANTALALAINA, RAPHALI R. ANDRIANTSIMANARILAFY,<br />DANIEL RAKOTONDRAVONY, OLGA R. RAMILIJAONA, MIGUEL VENCES,<br />RICHARD K. B. JENKINS, FRANK GLAW, AND JÖRN KÖHLER 2009. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF THE TSINGY DE BEMARAHA PLATEAU, WESTERN MADAGASCAR: CHECKLIST, BIOGEOGRAPHY AND CONSERVATION. Herp. Cons. Biol. 5 (1):111-125.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Annette Olsonn, David Henson, Sunil Kumar, and David Emmett. 2009. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lower Onilahy River Valley, a Temporary Protected Area in Southwest Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 4: 62-79 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Grandidier, A. 1872. Descriptions de quelques Reptiles nouveaux découverts á Madagascar en 1870. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Zoologie et Paléontologie 15 (5): 6-11. - get paper here
  • Ikeuchi, Isami; Masami Hasegawa, and Akira Mori 2012. Characteristics of Sleeping Sites and Timing of Departure from Them in a Madagascan Diurnal Gecko, Lygodactylus tolampyae. Current Herpetology 31 (2): 107-116 - get paper here
  • Kojima, Yosuke 2016. Robbery in the Dark: Nocturnal Foraging of a Madagascan Diurnal Gecko, Lygodactylus tolampyae Current Herpetology Aug 2016, Vol. 35, No. 2: 135-138. - get paper here
  • Krüger, Jens 2001. Die madagassischen Gekkoniden. Teil II: Die Geckos der Gattung Lygodactylus GRAY 1864 (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 3-28
  • Mertens, R. 1922. Verzeichnis der Typen in der herpetologischen Sammlung des Senckenbergischen Museums. Senckenbergiana 4: 162-183 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1965. Über Lygodactylus tuberifer und seinen Lectotypus. Senckenbergiana Biologica 46: 467—469.
  • Mertens, R. 1967. Die herpetologische Sektion des Natur-Museums und Forschungs-Institutes Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main nebst einem Verzeichnis ihrer Typen. Senckenbergiana Biologica 48: 1-106 - get paper here
  • PUENTE, MARTA; FRANK GLAW, DAVID R. VIEITES & MIGUEL VENCES 2009. Review of the systematics, morphology and distribution of Malagasy dwarf geckos, genera Lygodactylus and Microscalabotes (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2103: 1-76 - get paper here
  • Rakotoarison, Andolalao; Jesse Erens, Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina, Miguel Vences 2015. Amphibian and reptile records from around the Betsiboka delta area in North-Western Madagascar Herpetology Notes 8: 535-543 - 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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