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Pachydactylus carinatus BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesRichtersveld Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus carinatus BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH 2006: 673
Pachydactylus serval onscepensis — MCLACHLAN & SPENCE 1966: 155
Pachydactyluscf. serval — BAUER & BRANCH 2003: 133
Pachydactylus carinatus — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Pachydactylus carinatus — BATES et al. 2014: 129 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Northern Cape Province), Namibia (Lüderitz, Karasburg Districts). Elevation 40-720 m.

This species is distributed throughout the Richtersveld National Park and in adjacent parts of southern Namibia (Figs. 21, 30–31 in Bauer et al. 2006). It occurs in areas along the Orange River both to the east and west of the park boundaries — Annisfontein in the west and several localities in the east, at least as far upstream as Goodhouse, where it is replaced by P. montanus. It extends southwards to about the level of Kuboes and northwards as far as Namuskluft in the west and Ai-Ais in the east.

Type locality: South Africa, Northern Cape Province, Richtersveld National Park, 13.3 km E of Oenna Mine (28°05′11′′S, 17°07′45′′E).  
TypesHolotype: CAS 201908 (Fig. 101): Adult female; coll. A.M. Bauer, 4 July 1996. PARATYPES: CAS, PEM, TM 
CommentHABITAT: P. carinatus is rupicolous and occupies retreats under overhanging rock flakes and narrow cracks and crevices within and between rocks in bouldery areas. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY.—The specific epithet carinatusis Latin for keeled and is in reference to the prominent keeled tubercles typical of this species. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bauer, Aaron M. Lamb, Trip. Branch, William R. 2006. A revision of the Pachydactylus serval and P. weberi groups (Reptilia: Gekkota: Gekkonidae) of Southern Africa, with the description of eight new species. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 57 (12-24):595-709. - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Mashinini, P. L. and Mahlangu, L. M. 2013. An annotated catalogue of the types of gekkonid lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the Herpetology collection of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, South Africa. Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 3: 165-181
  • Mclachlan, G.R.; Spence, J.M. 1966. The Genus Pachydactylus (Part 1). Ann. Cape Prov. Mus. 5: 149-156
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