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Pachydactylus tsodiloensis HAACKE, 1966

IUCN Red List - Pachydactylus tsodiloensis - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesTsodilo Thick-toed Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus tsodiloensis HAACKE 1966: 1
Pachydactylus tsodiloensis — AUERBACH 1987: 85
Pachydactylus tsodiloensis — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus tsodiloensis — RÖSLER 2000: 99
Pachydactylus tsodiloensis — BAUER et al. 2006
Pachydactylus tsodiloensis — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013 
DistributionNW Botswana (Tsodilo Hills)

Type locality: “Tsodilo Hills, N.W. Ngamiland, Bechuanaland [Botswana] (about 18°42′S., 21°45′E., elevation about 1,500
TypesHolotype: TM 30943, coll. W.D. Haacke, 17–19 April 1965 
CommentCONSERVATION STATUS.—The Tsodilo Hills are remote and have been designated a World Heritage Site because of their many rock paintings. Pachydactylus tsodiloensisis probably under no serious threat from human activity.

Distribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011.

Bauer and Lamb (2003) presented evidence that P. tsodiloensisis closely related to P. waterbergensis.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Barts, M. & HAACKE, W.D. 1997. Zur Reptilienfauna der Tsodilo-Berge und angrenzender Gebiete in NW-Botswana - Teil I: Testudines: Testudinidae; Sauria I. Sauria 19 (1): 3-12 - get paper here
  • Barts, M., Boone,J. & Hulbert,F. 2001. Die Dickfingergeckos des südlichen Afrikas, Teil I: Die Haltung und Vermehrung des Tsodilo-Geckos, Pachydactylus tsodiloensis HAACKE 1966. Sauria 23 (3): 15-19 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. & Lamb, T. 2003. A new species of the Pachydactylus weberi-group (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Waterberg Plateau, Namibia. Cimbebasia 19: 1-12
  • 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
  • Haacke, W. D. 1966. A new gekko (Sauria, Geckonidae) from Bechuanaland. Arnoldia 2 (25): 1-7
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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