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Nactus serpensinsula (LOVERIDGE, 1951)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesNactus serpensinsula durrellorum ARNOLD & JONES 1994
Nactus serpensinsula serpensinsula (LOVERIDGE 1951) 
Common NamesE: Serpent Island Gecko
G: Serpent-Insel-Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus serpensinsula LOVERIDGE 1951
Cyrtodactylus serpeninsula — UNDERWOOD 1954: 475 (in error)
Gymnodactylus serpensinsula — WERMUTH 1965: 67
Nactus serpensinsula — KLUGE 1983: 469
Cyrtodactylus (Mascarenogecko) serpeninsula — ULBER & GERICKE 1988
Nactus serpensinsula — KLUGE 1993
Nactus (Mascarenogecko) serpensinsula — RÖSLER 2000: 96

Nactus serpensinsula durrellorum ARNOLD & JONES 1994
Nactus serpensinsula durrelli ARNOLD & JONES 1994
Nactus serpensinsula durrellorum — MICHELS & BAUER 2004 
DistributionMauritius (Serpent Island [serpensinsula], Round-Island [durrelli])

Type locality: Serpent Island, off the North coast of Mauritius.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 51550, gravid female
Holotype: BMNH 1992.771 (British Museum of Natural History, London) , female, collected August 1993 by C. G. Jones. Paratypes: BMNH, MCZ. [durrellorum] 
CommentFrom Mauritius only fossils are known (F. Glaw, pers. comm.). 
EtymologyN. s. durrelli has been named after Mrs. Gerald and Lee Durrell. 
  • Arnold, E.N. & C.G. JONES 1994. The night geckos of the genus Nactus in the Mascarene Islands with a description of the distictive population on Round Island. Dodo 30: 119-131.
  • Bullock D J; Arnold E N; Bloxam Q 1985. A new endemic gecko (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Mauritius. Journal of Zoology SERIES A 206(4) 1985: 591-599
  • Bullock, David J. 1986. The Ecology and Conservation of Reptiles on Round Island and Gunner's Quoin, Mauritius. Biological Conservation 37: 135 156
  • Kluge, A.G. 1983. Cladistic relationships among gekkonid lizards. Copeia 1983 (2): 465-475 - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2005. The genus Nactus (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae): a phylogenetic analysis and description of two new species from the Papuan Region. Zootaxa 1061:1-28 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1951. A new gecko of the genus Gymnodactylus from Serpent Island. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 64:91—92. - get paper here
  • Michels, J.P. & A.M. Bauer 2004. Some corrections to the scientific names of amphibians and reptiles. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 52: 83–94 [2005] - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Ulber T & Gericke, F. 1988. Zur Problematik der Verwandtschaftsverhältnisse in der Gattung Cyrtodactylus Gray 1827 und Bemerkungen zur Gattung Nactus Kluge 1983 (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). - Der Versuch einer - auch philosophischen - Analyse. Veröff. Naturhist. Mus. Schleusingen 3: 67-74
  • Underwood, Garth 1954. On the classifcation and evolution of geckos. Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 124 (3): 469-492
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