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Pachydactylus etultra BRANCH, BAUER, JACKMAN & HEINICKE, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSossus Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus etultra BRANCH, BAUER, JACKMAN & HEINICKE 2011
Pachydactylus etultra — LIVIGNI 2013: 281 
DistributionC/E Namibia

Type locality: Republic of Namibia, Hardap Region, Maltahöhe District, Namib-Rand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, 24°46’45.3’’S, 15°53’17.8’’E (quarter- degree unit 2415DD), 896 m elevation  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MCZ R184980 (field no. MCZ A38619), adult female, 21 September 2006, W.R. Branch and P. Dunning.
Paratypes. Nine specimens, all from same locality as holotype; MCZ R184977–79, 184981–82 (four adult females and an adult male; see Table 2), 21 September 2006, W.R. Branch, A.M. Bauer, J. Marais, & T. Jack- man; PEM R17293 (hatchling), 20 April 2007, W.R. Branch; PEM R17294 (sub- adult), 21 April 2007, W.R. Branch; PEM R17295 (adult male) and PEM R17287 (adult female), 22 April 2007, W.R. Branch, D. Branch, & V. Swanepoel. 
CommentDistribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymology“The specific epithet honors ‘‘&Beyond’’ (previously CC Africa), an eco- tourism venture that has won many awards for the conservation of African wildlife and the upliftment of local people. The first specimen of this new species was brought to our attention by Peter Dunning, then lodge manager of the CC Africa Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge within the NamibRand Private Reserve, the area in which all specimens have been found. The name is a noun in apposition and is a literal Latin translation of ‘‘and’’ (et) ‘‘beyond’’ (ultra).” [from BRANCH et al. 2011]. 
References
  • Branch, William R.; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman, and Matthew Heinicke 2011. A New Species of the Pachydactylus weberi Complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Namibrand Reserve, Southern Namibia. Breviora (524): 1-15. - 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
  • LiVigni, F. (ed.) 2013. A Life for Reptiles and Amphibians, Volume 1. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 495 pp. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
 
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