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Nactus soniae ARNOLD & BOUR, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymNactus soniae ARNOLD & BOUR 2008
Nactus soniae — PAPENFUSS et al. 2010 
DistributionLa Reunion

Type locality: Grotte au Sable, St-Gilles, La Réunion  
TypesHolotype: BMNH R16534, frontal bone; Paratypes: Grotte au Sable, St-Gilles, La Réunion; 1 frontal, 1 maxilla, 1 dentary; BMNH R16535-16537. 
CommentConservation: Probably extinct; this species has been described based on subfossil remains and DNA data. 
Etymology Named after Sonia Ribes-Beaudemoulin, present curator of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Saint-Denis, La Réunion. She organised a dozen expeditions to collect important subfossil remains of verte- brates, especially tortoises, birds and bats from the marshes of l’Ermitage near St-Gilles. 
  • Arnold, E. Nicholas; Bour, Roger. 2008. A new Nactus gecko (Gekkonidae) and a new Leiolopisma skink (Scincidae) from La Reunion, Indian Ocean, based on recent fossil remains and ancient DNA sequence. Zootaxa 1705: 40-50 - get paper here
  • HEINICKE, MATTHEW P.; ELI GREENBAUM, TODD R. JACKMAN, AARON M. BAUER 2010. Molecular Phylogenetics of Pacific Nactus (Squamata: Gekkota: Gekkonidae) and the Diphyly of Australian Species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 61 (17): 633-646 - get paper here
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