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Pachydactylus montanus METHUEN & HEWITT, 1914

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesNamaqua Mountain Gecko, Montane Thick-toed Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus montanus METHUEN & HEWITT 1914: 129
Pachydactylus montanus montanus FITZSIMONS 1943: 83
Pachydactylus serval — LOVERIDGE 1947: 388 (part)
Pachydactylus montanus — BAUER et al. 2006
Pachydactylus montanus — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013 
DistributionNamibia (Lüderitz, Bethanie, Karasburg, and Keetmanshoop Districts),
Republic of South Africa (Northern Cape Province)

Type locality: “Lord Hill’s Peak in the Great Karas Mountains, at an altitude [elevation] of 7300 feet,”  
TypesHolotype: TM 3080, coll. P.A. Methuen, 17 January 1913). 
CommentLOVERIDGE 1947 synonymized Pachydactylus montanus and P. m. onscepensis with Pachydactylus serval.

HABITAT: This species is variable in its use of habitat, but is always associated
with rock crevices (Methuen and Hewitt 1914).

CONSERVATION STATUS.—Pachydactylus montanus occurs in the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. It is locally abundant, especially along the Orange River, but is patchy in its distribution. 
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  • 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
  • Bauer, Aaron M., Luis M. P. Ceríaco, Matthew P. Heinicke and David C. Blackburn. 2015. Geographic Distribution. Pachydactylus barnardi FitzSimons, 1941, Barnard's Rough Gecko. African Herp News (62): 35-37
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  • Hewitt, J. 1927. Further descriptions of reptiles and batrachians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3 (5): 371-415
  • Hewitt, J. 1935. Some new forms of batrachians and reptiles from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. 4: 283-357
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - 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
  • Methuen,P.A. & Hewitt,J. 1914. [The Percy Sladen Memorial Expedition to Great Namaqualand 1912-1913.] Records and descriptions of the reptiles and batrachians of the collection. Ann. Transvaal Mus. (Pretoria) 4 (3): 117-145 - get paper here
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