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Sphaerodactylus guanajae MCCRANIE & HEDGES, 2012

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymSphaerodactylus guanajae MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2012
Sphaerodactylus continentalis — MEYER & WILSON 1973:12 (part)
Sphaerodactylus continentalis — WILSON & HAHN 1973:105 (part)
Sphaerodactylus millepunctatus — HARRIS & KLUGE 1984:17 (part)
Sphaerodactylus millepunctatus — MCCRANIE et al. 2005:80 (part)
Sphaerodactylus millepunctatus — MCCRANIE et al. 2006:110 (part) 
DistributionHonduras (Isla de Guanaja, Islas de la Bahía)

Type locality: East End, 16.486°, -85.832°, Isla de Guanaja, Islas de la Bahía, Honduras, elevation ca. 0 m (near sea level).  
TypesHolotype: USNM 580000, an adult male, collected 16 November 2011 by James R. McCranie.
Paratypes (6). USNM 579994–95, 579996 (genetic sample 1, JX073112, JX073123), 579997 (genetic sample 2, JX073113, JX073124), 579998–99, same data as holotype, except 16–17 November 2011; all adult females except USNM 579997 is a juvenile. Appendix II lists additional specimens of this new species. 
CommentSynonymy after MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2012.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific name guanajae is formed from Guanaja and the Latin suffix –ae (used herein as a derivation), and alludes to this species occurring on Isla de Guanaja. The name is a feminine genitive singular noun. 
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • MCCRANIE, JAMES R. & S. BLAIR HEDGES 2012. Two new species of geckos from Honduras and resurrection of Sphaerodactylus continentalis Werner from the synonymy of Sphaerodactylus millepunctatus Hallowell (Reptilia, Squamata, Gekkonoidea, Sphaerodactylidae). Zootaxa 3492: 65–76 - 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
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
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