Sphaerodactylus ladae THOMAS & HEDGES, 1988
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Sphaerodactylus ladae?
|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Martin Garcia Least Gecko|
|Synonym||Sphaerodactylus ladae THOMAS & HEDGES 1988:96|
Sphaerodactylus ladae — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 501
Sphaerodactylus ladae — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus ladae — RÖSLER 2000: 112
|Distribution||Hispaniola: Dominican Republic (Sierra Martin Garcia)|
Type locality: 3.0 km by road east of Canoa (measured from junction with Santo Domingo-Barahona highway), 10 m, Barahona Province, República Dominicana (18° 29'16"N, 71° 08'11" W).
|Types||Holotype: USNM 258722.|
|Comment||For illustrations see Thomas and Hedges, 1988.|
|Etymology||named “in honor of a reliable companion who steered us into many otherwise inaccessible areas in Hispaniola”, actually a a Lada car. Hedges, in a personal communication to Oliver Pauwels, stated that “It had high clearance, like a jeep, which allowed us to reach the locality; we were a bit cryptic about the etymology because the car was from the Soviet Union, my funding was from the U.S. government, and it was still the Cold War” (Pauwels & Wahlgren 2012).|
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