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Rhoptropus bradfieldi HEWITT, 1935

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymRhoptropus bradfieldi HEWITT 1935: 307
Rhoptropus bradfieldi — LOVERIDGE 1947: 288
Rhoptropus bradfieldi — WERMUTH 1965: 161
Rhoptropus bradfieldi — KLUGE 1993
Rhoptropus bradfieldi — RÖSLER 1995: 153
Rhoptropus bradfieldi — CIMATTI 2007
Rhoptropus bradfieldi — SCHNEIDER & BARTS 2014 
DistributionNamibia (Damaraland, Farm Twyfelfontein, Outjo Brandberg, Kaokoveld)

Type locality: Messum River, Southwest Africa.  
TypesSyntypes: PEM (Port Elizabeth Museum, formerly Albany Museum) 
CommentMax. SVL 61 mm

Subspecies: Rhoptropus bradfieldi diporus HAACKE 1965 is now considered as a valid species. 
EtymologyNamed after R. D. Bradfield (1882-1949), a South African farmer, naturalist, and collector who spent most ofhis life in Namibia. 
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  • Bauer, A. M. & T. Lamb 2001. A reconsideration of the systematic status of Rhoptropus bradfieldi diporus HAACKE 1965. African Journal of Herpetology 50(2): 71-78 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cimatti, E. 2007. Namibia - Introduction to a vast territory. Reptilia (GB) (50): 58-67 - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • Gates, Bruce C. 2008. Day Geckos of the Namib Desert: Rhoptropus afer Peters, 1869 and Rhoptropus bradfieldi Hewitt, 1935. Gekko 5 (2): 2-5
  • Haacke, W. D. 1965. Additional notes on the herpetology of South West Africa with descriptions of two new subspecies of geckos. Cimbebasia (11):1-39
  • 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
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schneider, Christian and Mirko Barts. 2014. Die Geckos der Gattung Rhoptropus. Sauria 36 (3): 29-39 - get paper here
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