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Pristurus phillipsii BOULENGER, 1895

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Somai Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus phillipsii BOULENGER 1895: 165
Pristurus phillipsii — LOVERIDGE 1947: 82
Pristurus phillipsii — WERMUTH 1965: 150
Pristurus phillipsii — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus phillipsii — RÖSLER 2000: 106 
DistributionSomalia (Goolis Mountains), Ethiopia

Type locality: Goolis Mountains, 60 miles inwards of Berbera, Somalia.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.24.83, male 
DiagnosisDescription: Loveridge 1947: 82.

Original description: “Head short and deep; snout obtuse, scarcely longer than the diameter of the orbit ; forehead not concave ; ear-opening small, oblique. Hind limb reaching the ear, digits and claws moderate. Head and body covered with small granules, largest on the snout and belly. Rostral large, twice as broad as deep, with median cleft above; nostril pierced in a single nasal, which is notched and fissured above; six upper and four lower labials symphysial large, rounded behind no chin-shields. Tail compressed, with a low serrated crest above. Grey above, with dark brown cross-bars enclosing red dots; these bars interrupted on the vertebral line sides with three or four longitudinal series of oval or round deep black spots ; a blackish line along each side of the tail; lower parts white, throat marbled with grey. (Boulenger 1895)

Measurements: Boulenger 1895: 165 
CommentPristurus somalicus PARKER 1932 has been removed form synonymy of Pristurus phillipsii by ARNOLD 1993. 
EtymologyNamed after Ethelbert Lort Phillips (1857-ca. 1926), a British traveler, hunter, and collector who shot big game in many parts of the world. He traveled in East Africa (1884-1895) and explored parts of Somaliland (now Somalia). 
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