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Quedenfeldtia moerens (CHABANAUD, 1916)

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Atlas Day Gecko
G: Atlas-Taggecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus moerens CHABANAUD 1916
Quedenfeldtia moerens — ARNOLD 1990
Quedenfeldtia moerens — KLUGE 1993
Quedenfeldtia moerens — RÖSLER 1995: 152
Quedenfeldtia moerens — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Pristurus moerens — RÖSLER 2018: 23 
DistributionW Morocco (Agadir, Tizi-nTest, between Taliouine and Tazenakht)Western Sahara

Type locality: Telouet, Imi n´Tahout, Morocco.  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 1916.0039, designated by Arnold 1990, who found that one of the syntypes (MNHN-RA 1916.0037) is Q. trachyblepharus. Paralectotypes: MNHN-RA 1916.0035-0041 and MNHN-RA 1916.0042 exchanged with British Museum in 1917: 4 males, 4 females. 
CommentSynonymy: Listed as synonym of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus by WERMUTH 1965 (following LOVERIDGE 1947). 
EtymologyNamed after Max Quedenfeldt (1851-1891), German naturalist who mainly worked on beetles. 
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  • Barata, Mafalda; Ana Perera, D. James Harris, Arie van der Meijden, Salvador Carranza, Francisco Ceacero, Enrique García-Muñoz, Duarte Gonçalves, Sérgio Henriques, Fátima Jorge, Jonathan C. Marshall, Luis Pedrajas and Pedro Sousa 2011. New observations of amphibians and reptiles in Morocco, with a special emphasis on the eastern region. Herpetological Bulletin (116): 4 - get paper here
  • Boone, Jon 2001. Observations and Experiences of the "Anti-Atlas Day Gecko" Quedenfeldtia moerens. Gekko 2 (1): 20-29
  • Chabanaud, P. 1916. Sur divers reptiles et batraciens du Maroc recueillis par M. Pallary. Bulletin du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 22:228—233 - get paper here
  • Geniez, P.; Mateo, J.A.; Geniez, M. & Pether, J. 2004. The amphibians and reptiles of the Western Sahara (former Spanish Sahara) and adjacent regions. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 228 pp. [reviewed in Reptilia GB 44: 81]
  • Harris, David James; Daniela Rosado, Raquel Xavier and Daniele Salvi. 2017. New genetic lineages within Moroccan day geckos Quedenfeldtia (Sphaerodactylidae) revealed by mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data. Amphibia-Reptilia 38 (1): 97 - 101 - get paper here
  • Jalal Mouadi, El Hassan El Mouden, Abdellah Bouazza, and Mohamed Aourir 2020. Thermal ecology of the Atlas day gecko Quedenfeldtia moerens in an arid area of Morocco, and a comparison with its congener Q. trachyblepharus. Amphibia-Reptilia 42 (1): 81–91 [2021] - get paper here
  • Leptien, R. 2009. Auf Exkursion in Marokkos Süden. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (75): 32-37 - 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
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Modry, David 1997. Moroccan Geckos: Observations of the endemic Thorny Eyelid Gecko (Quedenfeldtia moerens) in its natural habitat and in Captivity. Reptile & Amphibian Magazine 1997 (Nov./Dec.): 34-37
  • Mouadi, Jalal; Mohamed Aourir, El Hassan El Mouden 2021. First report of tail consumption on Atlas day gecko Quedenfeldtia moerens (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae), an endemic species of Morocco. Herpetology Notes 14: 955-957
  • MOUADI, JALAL; PANAYIOTIS PAFILIS, ABDERRAFEA ELBAHI, ZAHRA OKBA, HASSAN ELOUIZGANI, EL HASSAN EL MOUDEN & MOHAMED AOURIR. 2022. The effect of weight and prey species on gut passage time in an endemic gecko Quedenfeldtia moerens (Chabanaud, 1916) from Morocco. Acta Herpetologica 17(1): 21–26. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2018. Haftbar -- Die einzigartige Welt der Geckos. Begleitheft zur Ausstellung im Naturkundemuseum Erfurt Mai-Aug 2018, 96 pp.
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Schlüter, Uwe 2015. Der Taggecko Südwest-Marokkos Quedenfeldtia moerens (Chabanaud, 1916). Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (1): 64-68 [2014] - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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