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Sphaerodactylus celicara GARRIDO & SCHWARTZ, 1982

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Baracoan Eyespot Geckolet, Baracoan eyespot Sphaero 
SynonymSphaerodactylus celicara GARRIDO & SCHWARTZ 1982: 392
Sphaerodactylus celicara — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 476
Sphaerodactylus celicara — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus celicara — RÖSLER 2000: 111 
DistributionCaribbean: Cuba

Type locality: Asunción, Maisí, Baracoa, Guantánamo Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: CZACC (= IZAC = IZ) 5613. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 32 mm, in females to 31 mm); dorsals keeled, tectiform, imbricate, axilla to groin 21-30; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 22-34; dorsal caudal scales keeled, fiat, acute, imbricate, ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, enlarged midventrally; snout acuminate, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, narrow, swollen, smooth, imbricate; 1 postnasal; 0-3 (mode 1) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3-4 (strongly modally 3); gular scales smooth to keeled; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 40-51; escutcheon 4-7 x 10-26. Pattern sexually dichromatic; dorsum (males as preserved) more or less unicolor brown to "salt-and-pepper" brown; scapular patch absent, ocelli present; head heavily dotted or marbled with dark brown, including throat, in strong contrast to rest of body; dorsum (females) typically bilineate; scapular patch and grayish ocelli almost always present; head dark trilineate, with a median dark line (narrow on snout, expanding on occiput, and continuing to scapular patch), laterally with a narrow, dark canthal line to eye on each side, continuing posteriorly to margin of scapular patch, the 2 lines forming a more or less square, brownish area surrounding scapular patch; sides of neck brownish, dotted with darker brown; upper lip mottled dark brown and pale; throat as in males; chest diffusely stippled dark brown; ventral scales edged with dark brown, giving rather dark venter (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 476). 
CommentFor illustrations see Garrido and Schwartz, 1982. 
  • Garrido, O. H. and A. Schwartz. 1982. A new species of Sphaerodactylus (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from eastern Cuba. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 95: 392-397. - get paper here
  • 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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