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Sphaerodactylus inaguae NOBLE, 1932

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Inagua Geckolet, Inagua Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus inaguae NOBLE & KLINGEL 1932:11
Sphaerodactylus inaguae — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 498
Sphaerodactylus inaguae — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus inaguae — RÖSLER 2000: 112
Sphaerodactylus inaguae — BERNSTEIN et al. 2016 
DistributionInagua (Bahamas), Watlings

Type locality: Mathew Town, Great Inagua Island, Bahama Islands.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 45746. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL in males to 29 mm, in females to 28 mm); dorsals
large, keeled, imbricate, axilla to groin 24-32; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 26-33; dorsal caudal scales keeled, acute, flat-lying, imbricate, ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, slightly enlarged midventrally; snout acuminate, not depressed or decurved; snout scales swollen anteriorly, those more posterior feebly keeled, 2-3 x larger than those on occiput, small, broad, imbricate; 2 postnasals; 1 internasal; upper labials to mideye 3; gular scales smooth; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 45-52; escutcheon 4-6 x 21-25. Pattern sexually dichromatic; dorsum (males) gray to yellowish brown with a few indistinct, darker brown spots; head with large, dark brown spots or at times with heavy black vermiculations with light gray to bluish interspaces; venter pale grayish to pinkish; tail yellowish to brown; iris brown; black scapular patch rarely present; dorsum (females) with a few small, dark blotches or indistinct crossbands; large, black scapular spot, outlined at least anteriorly and posteriorly (at times completely) by yellow; yellow ocelli may be present, or fused with posterior border; head with 3 dark brown, longitudinal stripes on pale (gray) ground; throats immaculate in both sexes; juveniles like females, with black scapular patch, followed by 2 white spots; iris pale blue (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 498). 
CommentFor illustrations see Noble and Klingel, 1932; Klingel, 1940.

Distribution: Not in Costa Rica fide SAVAGE 2002 and SAVAGE & BOLANOS 2009. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Bernstein, Justin M.; Aaron H. Griffing, Juan D. Daza, Tony Gamble, and Aaron M. Bauer 2016. Using Alien Resources: Caribbean Dwarf Geckos Nesting Communally in Invasive Flora. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 23 (1): 40–43 - get paper here
  • Klingel,G.C. 1940. The Ocean Island (Inagua). Dodd, Mead Co., NY: xii + 385 pp.
  • Noble, G. K. and G. C. Klingel. 1932. The reptiles of Great Inagua Island, British West Indies. American Museum Novitates 549: 1-25. - 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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