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Sphaerodactylus beattyi GRANT, 1937

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus beattyi seamani THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966
Sphaerodactylus beattyi beattyi GRANT 1937 
Common NamesE: Saint Croix Geckolet, Saint Croix's sphaero, Beatty's Least Gecko, 
SynonymSphaerodactylus beattyi GRANT 1937: 508
Sphaerodactylus beattyi — BURT & MYERS 1942
Sphaerodactylus beattyi — THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966: 249
Sphaerodactylus beattyi beattyi — THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966: 250
Sphaerodactylus beattyi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 471
Sphaerodactylus beattyi — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus beattyi — RÖSLER 2000: 110
Sphaerodactylus beattyi beattyi — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus beattyi seamani THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966
Sphaerodactylus beattyi seamani THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966: 252
Sphaerodactylus beattyi seamani — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 170
Sphaerodactylus beattyi seamani — DE LISLE et al. 2013 
DistributionUS Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Green Cay, Buck Island

Type locality: Good Hope, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (however, S. beattyi appears not to occur at the stated type-locality).

seamani: St. Croix; Type locality: Ca. 0.5 mi. E Mt. Fancy, St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands.  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 80567
Holotype: MCZ 81056, an adult male, collected on 7 August 1965 by David C. Leber and Richard Thomas. Paratypes: AMNH, KU, MCZ, UF, INHS (= UIMNH), USNM [seamani] 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 30 mm, in females to 29 mm); dorsals small, acute to cycloid, weakly keeled, slightly swollen, slightly imbricate, axilla to groin 34-44; no middorsal area of granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth to completely keeled. cycloid. imbricate. axilla to groin 26-36; dorsal caudal scales small, acute to cycloid, keeled, slightly swollen and slightly erected, ventral caudal scales smooth, cycloid, enlarged midventrally; snout moderate, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, narrow, flat, slightly imbricate; 1 postnasal; 0-3 (mode 1) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3; gular scales keeled; chest scales smooth to keeled; midbody scales 57-64; escutcheon compact with no extensions onto thighs, 4-6 x 8-12. Pattern not sexually dichromatic; dorsum uniform brown or yellowish brown Uuveniles) or more or less uniform reticulate darker brown; head buff to cream with faint middorsal and supraocular stripes, or with bold, dark, trilineate pattern; sacral pattern a pale Y with elongate extension onto tail; venter grayish, yellowish gray, white; throat yellow, orange, whitish, unpatterned or with light to moderate mottling and striations; iris golden (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 471). 
CommentFor illustrations see Grant, 1937; Thomas and Schwartz, 1966; MacLean, 1982. 
EtymologyNamed after Harry Andrew Beatty (1902-1989) from St. Croix. See Beolens et al. 2011 for more biographical details. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E. & Myers, George S. 1942. Neotropical lizards in the collection of the Natural History Museum of Stanford University. Stanford University Press, 52 pp.
  • Grant, C. 1937. Herpetological notes with new species from the American and British Virgin Islands, 1936. J. Dept. Agric. Puerto Rico 21: 503-522.
  • MacLean, W.P. 1982. Reptiles and amphibians of the Virgin Islands. MacMillan Caribbean, London: vii + 54 pp.
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Thomas, R., and A. Schwartz. 1966. Sphaerodactylus (Gekkonidae) in the greater Puerto Rico region. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences, 10:193—260 - get paper here
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