Nactus sphaerodactylodes KRAUS, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Nactus sphaerodactylodes?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Nactus sphaerodactylodes KRAUS 2005|
Nactus sphaerodactylodes — PAPENFUSS et al. 2010
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Sudest, Misima, and Woodlark islands)|
Type locality: Araeda, Sudest Island, 11.43624° S, 153.43008° E, 1-20 m elevation, Milne Bay Province,
Papua New Guinea.
|Types||Holotype: BPBM 20764 (field tag FK 9887), adult male, collected by local villagers.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small (SV = 20.4–26.0 mm, mean 24.2 mm) species of Nactus lacking dorsal tubercles; and having granular, largely tricarinate dorsal (Fig. 2) and ventral scales; lamellate, unexpanded subdigital lamellae; 10-13 lamellae under the 4th toe; a single row of scales between the orbit and supralabials; claws lying within four scales; granular postmentals; elongate first infralabials; 4–5 supralabials to center of eye and 6–7 to rictus; 5–7 infralabials; enlarged postnasals; smooth scales on the tail; oval ear opening; relatively broad head (HW/HL = 0.71–0.79); short, broad snout (EN/SV = 0.070–0.086, IN/SV = 0.038–0.049, EN/IN = 1.5–2.1); large eye (EE/SV = 0.085–0.103) and interorbital distance (ID/SV = 0.063–0.083); relatively broad tail (TW/TL = 0.12–0.16); four sternal/xiphisternal ribs; and dark brown dorsal color, usually with scattered, obscure darker and lighter brown punctations and irregular markings, these sometimes coalescing to form obscure, irregular chevrons.|
|Etymology||The name is a combination of the genus name “Sphaerodactylus” and the Greek suffix “-odes”, meaning “like”, in reference to the superficial resemblance of the new species to geckos of that American genus.|