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Sphaerodactylus corticola GARMAN, 1888

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus corticola aporrox SCHWARTZ 1968
Sphaerodactylus corticola campter SCHWARTZ 1968
Sphaerodactylus corticola soter SCHWARTZ 1968
Sphaerodactylus corticola corticola GARMAN 1888 
Common NamesE: Central Bahamas Geckolet, Rum Cay Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus corticolus GARMAN 1888:111
Sphaerodactylus corticola — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 483
Sphaerodactylus corticola — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus corticola — RÖSLER 2000: 111

Sphaerodactylus corticola aporrox SCHWARTZ 1968
Sphaerodactylus corticola aporrox SCHWARTZ 1968: 240
Sphaerodactylus corticola aporrox — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 174
Sphaerodactylus corticola aporrox — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus corticola campter SCHWARTZ 1968
Sphaerodactylus corticola campter SCHWARTZ 1968: 237
Sphaerodactylus corticola campter — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 174
Sphaerodactylus corticola campter — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus corticola soter SCHWARTZ 1968
Sphaerodactylus corticola soter SCHWARTZ 1968: 232
Sphaerodactylus corticola soter — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 174
Sphaerodactylus corticola soter — DE LISLE et al. 2013 
DistributionBahamas (East Plana Cay, Acklin's Island), Crooked Island, North Cay, Fish Cay, Castle Island, Rum Cay), San Salvador Island

corticola: Rum Cay. Type locality: Rum Cay, Bahama Islands.

apporox: East Plana Cay. Type locality: East Plana Cay, Bahama Islands.

campter: Crooked-Acklins Bank. Type locality: East of Snug Corner, Acklin's Island, Bahama Islands

soter: San Salvador I. and satellites. Type locality: 1.3 mi. S Dixon Hill (= United Estates), San Salvador, Bahamas.

INCERTAE SEDIS: The species may occur on Conception I.; material from Samanâ Cay, Bahama Is., is unassigned subspecifically.  
TypesSyntypes: MCZ 6219, USNM 52408
Holotype: AMNH 76146 [apporox]
Holotype: CM 40636 [campter]
Holotype: CM 40635 [soter]
Holotype: AMNH 76146, an adult male, taken March 4, 1953 by George B. Rabb. PARATYPES: AMNH (5), UMMZ 115619 (10). [aporrox] 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 37 mm, in females to 39 mm); dorsals small, acute, strongly keeled, flattened, imbricate, axilla to groin 33-58; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 26-43; dorsal caudal scales keeled basally, smooth distally, acute, imbricate, flat-lying, ventral caudal scales smooth, cycloid, enlarged midventrally; snout blunt, short, broad; snout scales small, broad, flat, juxtaposed; 2 postnasals; 0-2 (mode 1) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3-4 (strongly modally 3); gular scales variable, from keeled to smooth, but keeling (if present) weak, not prominent, on only a few scales; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 48-84; escutcheon with short, compact, central area and extensions onto thighs to near underside of knee, 4-9 x 12-29. Dorsal pattern variable both between and within populations; weakly sexually dichromatic, often obscured by pattern variation within a population; dorsum medium brown to dark purplish brown in both sexes; dorsal pattern varies from rather uniform and fine flecking to heavy, dark, and light flecking and/or dotting (= giving "salt-and-pepper" effect), to large, discrete, but usually diffusely edged dark spots, which may fuse to give pattern of longitudinal markings; adult females occasionally with a pair of vague, paler dorsolateral lines (remnants of juvenile pattern); no scapular markings; head pattern variable, from absent to a weakly to prominently delineated figure composed of (maximally) a broad, postocular U and heavy, discrete, dark spots on snout and neck, snout spots often intermixed with scattered white to pale gray scales giving "frosted" effect; iris brown, blue, or gray (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 483). 
CommentFor illustrations see Schwartz, 1968. 
  • Garman, S. 1888. Reptiles and batrachians from the Caymans and from the Bahamas. Collected by Prof. C. J. Maynard for the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Cambridge, Mass. Bull. Essex Inst. 20: 101-113 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A. 1968. The geckos (Sphaerodactylus) of the southern Bahama Islands. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 39: 227-271. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
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