Pachydactylus purcelli BOULENGER, 1910
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pachydactylus purcelli?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|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
|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”. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Syntypes: SAM 1260–61, coll. Schlechter.|
|Comment||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].|
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).
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