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Sphaerodactylus intermedius BARBOUR & RAMSDEN, 1919

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: North Coast Banded Geckolet, Mantanzas Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus intermedius BARBOUR & RAMSDEN 1919:211
Sphaerodactylus drapetiscus SCHWARTZ 1958
Sphaerodactylus intermedius — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 499
Sphaerodactylus intermedius — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus intermedius — RÖSLER 2000: 112 
DistributionCuba (Habana, Matanzas)

Type locality: Sierra de Hato Nuevo between Hato Nuevo (Marti) and Sabanilla de la Palma, Matanzas Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 12305. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 36 mm, in females to 35 mm); dorsals small, granular, juxtaposed, to swollen, rounded, slightly imbricate, weakly keeled, axilla to groin 45-56; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 27-37; dorsal caudal scales smooth, cycloid, fiat-lying, imbricate, ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, very slightly enlarged midventrally; snout rather blunt, not depressed or decurved; snout scales large, broad, fiat, smooth, juxtaposed; 1 postnasal; 0-2 (mode 1) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3-5 (mode 4); throat scales smooth; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 60-77; escutcheon 5-8 x 8-11. Pattern strongly sexually dichromatic; dorsum (males) light yellowish tan with large, defined, dark brown to blackish spots extending onto upper surface of head; head distinctly more yellow than body; tail bright yellow; dorsum (females) yellowish gray, brightest on neck and shoulders; 3-4 black-edged (becoming gray posteriorly) body crossbands, their centers yellowish gray with scattered, yellow dots just posterior to anterior black edge, sometimes broken on posterior body or faint in young specimens, somewhat sinuous; collar present, heavily dark-edged and light-centered, rarely with evidence of ocelli; head pale, yellowish gray with 2 dark-edged, light postocular stripes, 1 proceeding diagonally onto ventrolateral surface of throat and fading at level of auricular opening, other proceeding diagonally upward and over temporal area, usually joining mate on opposite side to form light, U-shaped cephalic figure; loreal and median snout stripes present, latter forked posteriorly before joining interocular area; upper surfaces of limbs yellowish gray, flecked and mottled tan; venter grayish with gray flecking on infralabials and throat; juveniles essentially with less intense female dorsal pattern (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 499). 
CommentFor illustrations see Barbour and Ramsden, 1919; Schwartz, 1958 (as S. decoratus drapetiscus); Thomas and Schwartz, 1966. 
  • Barbour, T. and C. T. Ramsden. 1919. The herpetology of Cuba. Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., Harvard Coll. 47: 69-213. - get paper here
  • Fong, A. & Diaz 2004. Two new species of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the southeastern coast of Cuba. Solenodon 4: 73-84
  • 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. 1958. A new gecko of the Sphaerodactylus decoratus Group from Cuba. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 71:27-36 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Thomas, R., and A. Schwartz. 1966. The Sphaerodactylus decoratus complex in the West Indies. Brigham Young University Science Bulletin, 7:1-26 - get paper here
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