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Sphaerodactylus docimus SCHWARTZ & GARRIDO, 1985

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Oriente Soft-banded Geckolet, Cabo Cruz banded Sphaero 
SynonymSphaerodactylus docimus SCHWARTZ & GARRIDO 1985:22
Sphaerodactylus epizemius GARRIDO & JAUME 1984 (nomen nudum)
Sphaerodactylus docimus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 489
Sphaerodactylus epizemius — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus epizemius — RÖSLER 2000: 111 

Type locality: Cabo Cruz, Granma Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 8510. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in females to 30 mm); dorsals small, granular to juxtaposed, swollen, cycloid, slightly imbricate, very weakly keeled, axilla to groin 53~2; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, imbricate, axilla to groin 34-44; dorsal caudal scales flat-lying, ventral caudal scales flat-lying, apparently not enlarged midventrally; snout blunt, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, flat, juxtaposed; 2 postnasals; 1-2 internasals; upper labials to mideye 4; gular scales smooth; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 80-88; escutcheon unknown. Sexual dichromatism unknown; dorsum (female as preserved) crossbanded, the dark bands not obviously associated as edges of pale-centered crossbands (but doubtless the case); apparently a pale, nuchal crossband bordered anteriorly and posteriorly by dark edges; a dark band at forelimb insertion; 4 posterior dark bands (all probably representing the dark edges of 3 pale-centered crossbands); head pattern diffuse, without a dark central snout line; a pair of dark canthal lines; pale remnants of diagonal line from eye toward angle of jaws; a vague occipital crossband (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 489). 
CommentKLUGE 1993 lists epizemius as valid species and docimus as synonym. RÖSLER 2000 lists epizemius but not docimus. 
  • Fong, A. & Diaz 2004. Two new species of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the southeastern coast of Cuba. Solenodon 4: 73-84
  • Garrido, O. H., and M. L. Jaume. 1984. Catàlogo descriptivo de los anfibios y reptiles de Cuba. Dofiana, Acta Vertebrata, 11 (2):5-128.
  • 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.
  • Schwartz, A. and O. H. Garrido. 1985. The Cuban lizards of the genus Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae). Milwaukee Public Mus. Contrib. Biol. Geol. 62: 1-67. - get paper here
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