Pachydactylus etultra BRANCH, BAUER, JACKMAN & HEINICKE, 2011
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Sossus Gecko|
|Synonym||Pachydactylus etultra BRANCH, BAUER, JACKMAN & HEINICKE 2011|
Pachydactylus etultra — LIVIGNI 2013: 281
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
|Types||Holotype: 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.
|Comment||Distribution: 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 Moun- tain 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].|
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