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Perochirus ateles (DUMÉRIL, 1856)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Dumeril's Tropical Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus ateles DUMÉRIL 1856
Hemidactylus ateles var. articulatus FISCHER 1882
Hemidactylus ateles var. depressus FISCHER 1882
Perochirus ateles — BOULENGER 1885: 154
Perochirus depressus — BOULENGER 1885: 155
Perochirus articulatus — BOULENGER 1885: 156
Hemidactylus ateles var. depressa — MÜLLER 1885
Perochirus ateles — TAYLOR 1922: 65
Perochirus ateles — WERMUTH 1965: 125
Perochirus klugei — WERMUTH 1965 (nom. nov. pro H. a. depressus)
Perochirus ateles — KLUGE 1993
Perochirus ateles — RÖSLER 1995: 141 
DistributionMicronesia, Mariana Islands, Uman District Islands etc.
Ruk Island (= Fenfan Island, Truk Group, Caroline Islands),
Guam [P. articulatus], Marcus, Cocos,Truk, Kapingamar,
Japan (Bonin Islands), Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) (Hileman et al. 2020)

articulatus: Type locality: “Ponape” [= Pohnpei, Caroline Islands]

depressus: Fenfan Island, Truk Group, Micronesia; Type locality: Insul Ruk, Carolinen”.

Type locality: near Samboangan, Mindanao, Philippines.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.25.38 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentDistribution: The populations on Guam may now be extinct as a result of predation by the introduced snake Boiga irregularis. Perochirus articulatus has been treated as valid species by Sabath (1981). The Philippine record is “from a single Taylor record from Zamboanga” (collected by Duméril 1856?) which has not been confirmed for more than 150 years, (Welton et al. 2010), so the presence of this species in the Philippines is doubtful.

Type species: Hemidactylus ateles DUMÉRIL 1856 is the type species of the genus Perochirus BOULENGER 1885. 
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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W. 2015. Reptiles of Lukunor Atoll, Mortlock Islands, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Science 69 (1):117–124 doi:10.2984/69.1.9 - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W. 2015. Reptiles of Uman District Islands (Southeastern Chuuk Lagoon and Kuop Atoll), Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Science 69 (2): 271-279 - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W. & Danko Taboroši 2016. Reptiles of the Federated States of Micronesia. Island Research and Education Initiative, 311 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. H. A. 1856. Description des reptiles nouveaux ou imparfaitement connus de la collection du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle et remarques sur la classification et les charactères des reptiles. Archives du Muséum Hist. Nat. Paris, 8: 438—588. - get paper here
  • Fischer, J. G. 1882. Herpetologische Bemerkungen. I. Bemerkungen über einzelne Stücke der Schlangensammlung des kön. Zoologischen Museums in Dresden. . II. Neue Eidechen aus Australien und Polynesien. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 48: 281-302 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, S.R. 2018. Perochirus ateles (Micronesian Speckle-bellied Gecko) Reproduction. Herpetological Review 49 (1): 120. - get paper here
  • Goris, R.C. & Maeda, N. 2004. Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Japan. Krieger, Malabar, 285 pp.
  • Hileman, Eric T.; Bradley A. Eichelberger, Jill Liske-Clark, Patrick D. Barnhart, Robert N. Reed, Amy A. Yackel Adams, Melia G. Nafus 2020. Landscape dominance of introduced herpetofauna on an oceanic island. Global Ecology and Conservation - get paper here
  • McCoid M J. Hensley R A. 1994. Distribution and abundance of Perochirus ateles (Gekkonidae): In the Mariana Islands. Herpetological Review 25 (3): 97-98 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Sabath,M. 1981. Gekkonid lizards of Guam, Mariana Islands: Preproduction and habitat preference. Journal of Herpetology 15 (1): 71-75 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1922. The lizards of the Philippine Islands. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Science, Government of the Philippine Islands, Manila, Publication no. 17: 269 pp. - get paper here
  • Wermuth, H. 1965. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien. Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae, Xantusiidae. Das Tierreich (80): 1—246
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