Sphaerodactylus alphus MCCRANIE & HEDGES, 2013
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Sphaerodactylus alphus MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2013|
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — WILSON & HAHN 1973: 106 (part)
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — SCHWARTZ 1975: 17 (part)
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — SCHWARTZ & GARRIDO 1981: 20 (part)
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — MCCRANIE et al. 2005: 82 (part)
|Distribution||Honduras (Islas de la Bahía: Guanaja)|
Type locality: Savannah Bight, 16.29078°, -85.50300°, Isla de Guanaja, Islas de la Bahía, Honduras, 15 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: FMNH 283672 (genetic sample 1, KF017633, KF017624), an adult female, collected 20 September 2012 by James R. McCranie and Leonardo Valdés Orellana.|
Paratypes (7). FMNH 283666, adult female, same data as holotype; FMNH 283663, 283674, adult males, and FMNH 283668, juvenile, from East End, 16.486°, -85.832°, collected 19 September 2012 by McCranie and Valdés Orellana; FMNH 283671, 283673 (genetic sample 2, KF017634, KF017625), adult females from East End, collected 17 November 2011 by McCranie; FMNH 283664, adult male from the Hotel Posada del Sol ruins, 16.462117°, -85.853867°, collected 21 September 2012 by McCranie and Valdés Orellana.
|Comment||Synonymy: after MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2013|
Sexual dimorphism: see Fig. 5 in MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2013.
Habitat. Specimens were found by raking through Sea Grape (Cocoloba uvifera) leaf litter and debris below coconut palms. Individuals usually tried to rapidly retreat to nearby cover when first exposed. Thus, they are somewhat difficult to capture while at the same time the collector trying not to be too aggressive because of the fragile skin of this species. Because of that fragile skin, many museum specimens of Sphaerodactylus alphus have some damage to their skin.
|Etymology||The specific name alphus is a Latin masculine, singular noun meaning “a white spot on the skin.” The name alludes to the distinctive white occipital spot found in this species.|
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