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Sphaerodactylus bromeliarum PETERS & SCHWARTZ, 1977

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cuban Bromeliad Geckolet, El Yunque Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus bromeliarum PETERS & SCHWARTZ 1977: 395
Sphaerodactylus bromeliarum — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 473
Sphaerodactylus bromeliarum — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus bromeliarum — RÖSLER 2000: 111 
DistributionCuba (Western part of El Yunque de Baracoe, above Tabojó, 15 km west of Baracoe, Oriente Province)

Type locality: Western slope of El Yunque de Baracoa, above Tabojó, 15 km W Baracoa, Guantánamo Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 42827. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL in only adult female 24 mm); dorsals small, acute,
strongly keeled, imbricate, axilla to groin 36-41; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals keeled, imbricate, axilla to groin 33-34; snout acuminate, not depressed or decurved; 1 internasal; upper labials to mideye 3-4; gular scales smooth; chest scales smooth, slightly keeled laterally; midbody scales 56-58; escutcheon unknown; sexual dichromatism unknown; dorsum (female, as preserved) medium brown with a more or less triangular, black scapular patch with 2 small, white ocelli; head trilineate with isolated dark brown lines from behind snout to occiput; a pair of lines from lores through eye across temples to above forelimb insertion; tail brown, slightly paler than dorsum, tip black preceded by broad white band, in tum preceded by narrow black band, these tail features forming complete rings about tail tip; juvenile like female but with 2 additional, more proximal white dorsal caudal dots (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 473). 
CommentFor illustrations see Peters and Schwartz, 1977. The year of description has been given as “1972”.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after its preference for bromeliads. 
  • Iturriaga, Manuel and Adonis González. 2015. Sphaerodactylus bromeliarum size record. Herpetological Review 46 (4): 635 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Peters, G. and A. Schwartz 1977. Ein neuer, Bromelien bewohender Kugelfingergecko (Gekkonidae: Sphaerodactylus) aus Oriente/Cuba. Mitt. zool. Mus. Berlin 48: 393-399.
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
  • 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.
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