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Pachydactylus monicae BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesMonica’s Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus monicae BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH 2006: 664
Pachydactylus weberi — BRANCH 1998: 263
Pachydactylus weberi — BARTS 2011
Pachydactylus monicae — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013 
DistributionNamibia (Lüderitz, Karasburg districts); Republic of South Africa (Northern Cape Province).

Type locality: South Africa, Northern Cape Province, Richtersveld National Park, Sendelingsdrif  
TypesHolotype: 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 
CommentHABITAT: 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. 
EtymologyThe 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. 
  • Barts, M. 2007. Revision zweier Artkomplexe innerhalb der südafrikanischen Dickfingergeckos. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (66): 6-9 - get paper here
  • BARTS, M. 2011. The Thick-toed Geckos of Southern Africa. Part XII: Pachydactylus monicae BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006. Sauria, Berlin 33 (2): 9-14 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch, W. R. 1998. Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. 3rd ed. Fully Revised and Updated to Include 83 New Species. Ralph Curtis Books (Sanibel Island, Florida), 399 pp.
  • 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
  • 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
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