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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesPtenopus garrulus maculatus GRAY 1866
Ptenopus garrulus garrulus (A. SMITH 1849) 
Common NamesWhistling Gecko, Common Barking Gecko [garrulus]
Spotted Barking Gecko [maculatus] 
SynonymStenodactylus garrulous SMITH 1849
Ptenopus garrulus — BOULENGER 1885: 15
Ptenopus garrulus — HEWITT 1935: 305
Ptenopus garrulus — FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Ptenopus garrulus — KLUGE 1993
Ptenopus garrulus — RÖSLER 1995: 149
Ptenopus garrulus — BAUER 2013 (plates)

Ptenopus garrulus garrulus (A. SMITH 1849)
Ptenopus garrulus garrulus — FITZSIMONS 1935: 524
Ptenopus garrulus garrulus — LOVERIDGE 1947: 31
Ptenopus garrulus garrulus — AUERBACH 1987: 92
Ptenopus garrulus garrulus — RÖSLER 2000: 107
Ptenopus garrulus garrulus — BATES et al. 2014: 146

Ptenopus garrulus maculatus GRAY 1866
Ptenopus maculatus GRAY 1866
Ptenopus garrulus maculatus — FITZSIMONS 1935: 525
Ptenopus garrulus maculatus — LOVERIDGE 1947: 33
Ptenopus garrulus maculatus — WERMUTH 1965: 153
Ptenopus garrulus maculatus — HAACKE 1975
Ptenopus garrulus maculatus — BAUER et al. 1993
Ptenopus garrulus maculatus — BATES et al. 2014: 146 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (S Little-Namaqualand, Cape Province), Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

maculatus: Southwest Africa, southern Damaraland, Great Namaqualand, Nw Cape Province (= Little Namaqualand); Type locality: Damaraland, Southwest Africa

Type locality: Inland of South Africa.  
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.8.23.43-49 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentType species: Ptenopus maculatus GRAY 1866 is the type species of the genus Ptenopus SMITH 1866: 640. 
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  • 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, A.M. 2013. Geckos - The Animal Answer Guide. Johns Hopkins University Press, 159 pp.
  • Bauer, A.M., and Branch, W.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Herpetological Natural History 8: 111-160 [2001]
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • 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
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley,D.G. 1992. New distribution records for geckos from Western Beitbridge District, Zimbabwe. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 41: 35 - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, W., DOUCETTE-RIISE, S., VANHOOYDONCK, B., ENGELBRECHT,<br />H., MEASEY, G.J., & TOLLEY, K. 2011. Herpetological survey of Rooipoort Nature Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa. African Herp News (53): 35-41
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  • Fitzsimons, V.F.M.; Brain, C.K. 1958. A Short account of the Reptiles of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Koedoe, 1(1): 99-104 - get paper here
  • Giess, W. 1965. Chondrodactylus angulifer and Ptenopus garrulus from the Brandberg. Cimbebasia 12: 16-19
  • Gray, J. E. 1866. Descriptions of two new genera of lizards from Damaraland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1865: 640-642 - get paper here
  • Haacke, W. D. 1998. Geographic Distribution. Ptenopus garrulus garrulus. African Herp News (27): 19-20.
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  • 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
  • Hewitt, J. 1935. Some new forms of batrachians and reptiles from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. 4: 283-357
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  • Hibbitts, Toby J.; William E. Cooper, and Martin J. Whiting 2012. Spatial Distribution and Activity Patterns in African Barking Geckos: Implications for Mating System and Reproduction. Journal of Herpetology 46 (4): 456-460. - get paper here
  • Kubierske, H.; Ulber, T.; Haacke, W.D. 1993. Geographical Distribution - Ptenopus garrulus garrulus. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (42): 40-41 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
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  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
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