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Pristurus simonettai (LANZA & SASSI, 1968)

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Coastal Rock Gecko 
SynonymGeisopristurus simonettai LANZA & SASSI 1968
Geisopristurus simonettai — JOGER 1983
Pristurus simonettai — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus simonettai — RÖSLER 2000: 106 
DistributionS Somalia

Type locality: Kysmayu (=Chisimaio) (South Somalia)  
TypesHolotype: MZUF 2995, adul female 
EtymologyNamed after Prof. Alberto Mario Simonetta (1930-2021), Assistant in the Istituto di Zoologia dell'Universita di Firenze, a modern pioneer in the natural history of the oriental horn of Africa. See Ceccolini 2022 for biographical notes. 
  • Arnold, E.N. 2009. Relationships, evolution and biogeography of Semaphore geckos, Pristurus (Squamata, Sphaerodactylidae) based on morphology. Zootaxa 2060: 1-21 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Ceccolini F. 2022. In memory of Alberto Mario Simonetta (1930-2021). Natural History Sciences, Milano - get paper here
  • Joger U 1983. Book Review: Welch, Herpetology of Africa, Krieger 1982. Salamandra 19 (1-2): 102-104 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Lanza, B., and A. R. Sassi. 1968. On a new genus and species of gekkonid lizard from Somalia. Monitore Zoologico Italiano, 2 (supplemento): 17-26. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, H.; Köhler, J. & Böhme, W. 2008. A new species of the diurnal gekkonid genus Pristurus Rüppell, 1835 from the Red Sea island Hanish al-Kabir, Yemen. Amphibia-Reptilia 29: 217-227 - get paper here
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
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