Pachydactylus monicae BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pachydactylus monicae?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Monica’s Gecko|
|Synonym||Pachydactylus monicae BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH 2006: 664|
Pachydactylus weberi — BRANCH 1998: 263
Pachydactylus weberi — BARTS 2011
Pachydactylus monicae — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
|Distribution||Namibia (Lüderitz, Karasburg districts); Republic of South Africa (Northern Cape Province).|
Type locality: South Africa, Northern Cape Province, Richtersveld National Park, Sendelingsdrif Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: CAS 200034* (Figs. 82–83 in Bauer et al. 2006): Adult male, coll. A.M. Bauer, W.R. Branch and D.A. Good, 20 September 1995, paratypes: CAS, TM|
|Comment||HABITAT: This is one of the most terrestrial species in the P. weberi group. It is |
almost exclusively restricted to riverine environments (Fig. 88). At Sendelingsdrif it has been collected underneath trash and other debris some distance from rocky areas. The holotype was collected in a pile of logs. One specimen (CAS 200049) was found dessicated in an unused garage at Sendelingsdrif. Elsewhere it occupies boulder outcrops in relatively mesic low elevation areas (Fig. 89 in Bauer et al. 2006).
Distribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011.
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a matronym honoring Monica Frelow Bauer, wife of the senior author, for her tolerance of long absences in the field and long hours in the laboratory and her support of systematic herpetology.|
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