Saurodactylus splendidus JAVANMARDI, VOGLER & JOGER, 2019
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Saurodactylus splendidus?
|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Saurodactylus splendidus JAVANMARDI, VOGLER & JOGER 2019: 419|
|Distribution||Morocco (Djebel Bani and Draa Valley)|
Type locality: Icht (N 29°03’, W 08°51’), in Djebel Bani, Morocco
|Types||Holotype. SNMB-N 60080; collected by Sven Vogler on 30 May 2017 (Fig. 13 in Javanmardi et al. 2019).|
Paratypes: SNMB-61534: Adult, sex unknown, SNMB-61535: Adult, sex unknown.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Very peculiar pattern of dark brown or blackish ground color, a V-shaped whitish-yellow mark on the head, terminating at the neck. 4 pairs of large whitish-yellow spots, each pair forming a band: one between the shoulders, two on the back and one between the hind legs.Un-regenerated tail dark brown with 5-6 transverse pale yellow to white bands. Legs sometimes much lighter than back. Contrary to other members of the S. brosseti species complex, dorsal color pattern of juveniles does not differ from that of adult animals; tail rings in juveniles are usually intensely yellow or orange (juveniles from the North, South and Anti-Atlas have a completely dark background, mostly devoid of spots, and a bright reddish tail; pers. observation; Bons & Pasteur 1957). Internasals large, touching each other only in a limited area of contact; proximally and distally they are separated by two small granules. Only one narrow postnasal shield separates nasals from 1st labial. This configuration (Fig. 13) is unique to this species.|
|Comment||Distribution: for a map see Javanmardi et al. 2019: 405 (Fig. 2).|
|Etymology||The name refers to the contrasting pattern of these beautiful geckos.|
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