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Saurodactylus brosseti (BONS & PASTEUR, 1957)

IUCN Red List - Saurodactylus brosseti - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Morocco Lizard-fingered Gecko 
SynonymSaurodactylus mauritanicus brosseti BONS & PASTEUR 1957: 178
Saurodactylus fasciatus brosseti — ARNOLD 1993
Saurodactylus (mauritanicus) brosseti — SCHLEICH et al. 1996: 255
Saurodactylus brosseti — GENIEZ et al. 2004
Saurodactylus brosseti — RATO & HARRIS 2008
Saurodactylus brosseti — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Saurodactylus brosseti — WILMS 2009
Saurodactylus mauritanicus brosseti — LEPTIEN 2009
Saurodactylus brosseti — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012 
DistributionW Morocco

Type locality: Wadi Souss, SW Morocco  
TypesHolotype: MNHN (although the description states that the type is currently in the collection of the authors) 
CommentS. brosseti shows 4 genetic lineages, but there are no discriminant morphological characters allowing the diagnosis and the identification of the four main lineages. Thus, S. brosseti can therefore be considered a complex of cryptic species or at least 4 independent Evolutionary Significant Units (ESUs) sensu Moritz (1994) of ancient origin (Miocene). 
EtymologyS. m. brosseti has been named after the ornithologist and mammologist A. Brosset who helped to collect specimens for J. Bons and G. Pasteur. 
  • Bons, J., and G. Pasteur. 1957. Nouvelles remarques sur les saurodactyles, avec description de Saurodactylus mauritanicus brosseti n. subsp. Bulletin de la Société des Sciences Naturelles et Physiques du Maroc, 37:175-195
  • Fabrício-Neto, Ailton; Rodrigo Samuel Bueno Gavira, and Denis Vieira Andrade 2016. Keratophagy in captive Bothrops moojeni (Serpentes: Viperidae) Phyllomedusa 15 (2): 201-202 - 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]
  • Leptien, R. 2009. Auf Exkursion in Marokkos Süden. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (75): 32-37 - get paper here
  • Rato, Catarina; James Harris, David 2008. Genetic variation within Saurodactylus and its phylogenetic relationships within the Gekkonoidea estimated from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Amphibia-Reptilia 29 (1): 25-34 - get paper here
  • Rosado, D., Rato, C., Salvi, D. et al. 2017. Evolutionary History of the Morocco lizard-Fingered Geckos of the Saurodactylus brosseti Complex. Evolutionary Biology 44: 386. - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • Wilms, T. 2009. Marokko - Schatzkammer in Nordwesten Afrikas. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (75): 16-23 - get paper here
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