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Pachydactylus visseri BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesVisser’s Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus visseri BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH 2006: 676
Pachydactylus weberi — BRANCH 1998: 263
Pachydactylus visseri — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Northern Cape province), Namibia (Lüderitz, Karasburg Districts).

Type locality: Namibia, Karas Region, Karasburg District, Ai-Ais Nature Reserve, c. 3 km N Orange River (28°12′26′′S, 17°16′43′′E).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: CAS 201874 (Fig. 108): Adult male; coll. A.M. Bauer, 26 June 1996. PARATYPES: TM, NMNW 
CommentDistribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY.—The specific epithet is a patronym honoring John D. Visser (21 May 1938 - 15 May 2012), an important contributor to southern African herpetology who kindly provided several hundred specimens from his personal collection for use in this study. The name is constructed in the masculine genitive. The epithet also reflects the occurrence of the species in the Fish (Vis) River Valley. For an aobituary see BROADLEY & SCOTT_PRENDINI 2012. 
References
  • Barts, M. 2007. Revision zweier Artkomplexe innerhalb der südafrikanischen Dickfingergeckos. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (66): 6-9 - get paper here
  • BARTS, M. & COLACICCO, F. 2015. Die Dickfingergeckos des südlichen Afrikas Teil XVIII: Pachydactylus visseri BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006. Sauria 37 (2): 53 - 57 - 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Broadley, D.G. & Scott-Prendini, E. 2012. OBITUARY: JOHN DUCKITT VISSER. African Herp News (57): 4-8
  • 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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