Pachydactylus purcelli BOULENGER, 1910
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pachydactylus purcelli?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Purcell’s Gecko|
|Synonym||Pachydactylus serval purcelli BOULENGER 1910: 494|
P[achydactylus]. Purcelli — STERNFELD 1911: 398
Pachydactylus pardus STERNFELD 1911: 398
Pachydactylus[serval] purcelli MCLACHLAN & SPENCE 1966: 155
Pachydactylus serval purcelli — MERTENS 1971: 42
Pachydactylus purcelli — BAUER et al. 2006
Pachydactylus purcelli — BATES et al. 2014: 139
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Cape Province), Namibia (Karasburg and Keetmanshoop Districts)|
Type locality: “Touw’s River,” coll. W.F. Purcell. SAM [not located]: “Little Namaqualand”.
|Types||Syntypes: SAM 1260–61, coll. Schlechter.|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS.—To 50.8 mm SVL. Pachydactylus purcelli may be distinguished from all other members of the P. serval/weberi group by the combination of the following characters: head blunt, wide; rostral enters nostril; supranasals usually in broad anterior contact; scales on dorsum of head smooth and flattend, often polygonal rather than rounded, those on snout only slightly larger than those of interorbital region; dorsal scalation homogeneous, no tubercles on dorsum of body or thighs; toes moderately long and narrow with moderately wide pads; typically 5 undivided lamellae beneath digit IVof pes; tail to at least 120% SVL, moderately annulate, bearing whorls of very small, flattened, unkeeled, well-separated, white to yellow tubercles; adult pattern buff to beige or pastel yellow, orange or purple with small, irregular, closely-spaced brown spots covering entire dorsum and flanks, remnants of three pale (white, yellow or purplish-gray) cross bands may be retained in some adults, especially in northern populations; juvenile pattern with three light (white to yellow) cross bands: one on nape, one on trunk and one over or just anterior to sacrum – that on nape often extended posteriorly along midline [from BAUER et al. 2006].|
|Comment||HABITAT: Arupicolous species which has been recorded from narrow cracks and |
under exfoliating flakes in shale, dolerite, Dwyka tillite, sandstone, and other outcrops in the Little Karoo and in sandstone and dolerite [from BAUER et al. 2006].
CONSERVATIONSTATUS.—Pachydactylus purcelliis widely distributed in western South Africa and is under no immediate threats.
Mertens (1955) restricted the type locality to “Townsriver [sic], Kap-Provinz”. Pachydactylus pardus was synonymized with P. purcelli by Methuen and Hewitt (1914) and this interpretation was endorsed by FitzSimons (1938).
|Etymology||Named after the collector of the type, W.F. Purcell.|
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