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Sphaerodactylus elegans (MACLEAY, 1834)

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus elegans elegans MACLEAY 1834
Sphaerodactylus elegans punctatissimus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836 
Common NamesE: Ashy Geckolet, Ashy gecko, Ashy Sphaero 
SynonymSphariodactylus [sic] elegans MACLEAY 1834:12
Sphaerodactylus elegans — BOULENGER 1885: 220
Sphaerodactylus elegans elegans — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 86
Sphaerodactylus elegans — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 490
Sphaerodactylus elegans — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus elegans — RÖSLER 1995: 172
Sphaerodactylus elegans — HEDGES 2010

Sphaerodactylus elegans punctatissimus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836
Sphaeriodactylus [sic] punctatissimus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 405
Sphaerodactylus alopex COPE 1862: 499
Sphaerodactylus punctatissimus — BOULENGER 1885: 220
Sphaerodactylus alopex — BOULENGER 1885: 222
Sphaerodactylus elegans punctatissimus — SCHWARTZ & GARRIDO 1985: 53 
DistributionW/C Cuba, Isla de la Juventud; Hispaniola, Haiti
USA (introduced to Florida, Key West Islands)

elegans: Cuba, Isla de la Juventud; associated cayertas; introduced on Florida Keys; Type locality: Cuba; probably the vicinity of Guanabacoa, La Habana Province, Cuba, according to Barbour, 1921.

punctatissimus: Hispaniola; Île Grande Cayemite; Île de la Gonâve.  
TypesHolotype: Unlocated.
Syntypes: MNHN-RA 1768, MNHN-RA 1768A-B [punctatissimus]
Syntype: USNM 52407 [Sphaerodactylus alopex] 
CommentS. punctatissimus has been downgraded to S. e. punctatissimus by Schwartz & Garrido (1985) 
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  • Beate Röll 2006. Kugelfingergeckos, Sphaerodactylus elegans & S. torrei. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 64 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Conant,R. & Collins,J.T. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America, 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin (Boston/New York), xx + 450 p.
  • Cope, E.D. 1862. On the genera Panolopus, Centropyx, Aristelliger and Sphaerodactylus. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadrelphia 13 [1861]: 494-500. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M. C. and G. Bibron. 1836. Erpetologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol. 3. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 528 pp. - get paper here
  • Gibbons, Whit; Judy Greene, and Tony Mills 2009. LIZARDS AND CROCODILIANS OF THE SOUTHEAST. University of Georgia Press, 240 pp.
  • Hedges SB. 2010. Sphaerodactylus elegans (Ashy Sphaero). Distribution. Caribbean Herpetology 4: 1 - get paper here
  • Kaup, B. 2012. Farbenfrohe Winzlinge – Kugelfingergeckos im heimischen Wohnzimmer. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (97): 39-45 - get paper here
  • KRYSKO, K.L. AND KEIDRA J. DANIELS 2005. A Key to the Geckos (Sauria: Gekkonidae) of Florida. Carib. J. Sci. 41 (1): 28-36 - get paper here
  • Krysko, Kenneth L.; Coleman M. Sheehy III, A. Nichole Hooper 2003. Interspecific communal oviposition and reproduction of four species of lizards (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in the lower Florida Keys. Amphibia-Reptilia 24 (3): 390-396 - get paper here
  • Macleay, W. S. 1834. A few remarks tending to illustrate the natural history of two annulose genera, namely Urania of Fabricus and Mygale of Walekenien. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1834: 9-12. - get paper here
  • Meshaka Jr., Walter E. 2011. A RUNAWAY TRAIN IN THE MAKING: THE EXOTIC AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES, TURTLES, AND CROCODILIANS OF FLORIDA. Herp. Cons. Biol. 6 (Monograph 1): 1-101 - get paper here
  • Regalado, Rub_n 1997. Social behavior of the Ashy Gecko (Sphaerodactylus elegans Macleay): repertoire and sex recognition. Herpetological Natural History 5 (1): 41-52
  • 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, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Schröder, E., & Röll,B. 2000. Sphaerodactylus elegans MACLEAY. Sauria (Suppl.) 23 (3): 513-516 - 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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