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Sphaerodactylus ladae THOMAS & HEDGES, 1988

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMartin Garcia Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus ladae THOMAS & HEDGES 1988:96
Sphaerodactylus ladae — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 501
Sphaerodactylus ladae — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus ladae — RÖSLER 2000: 112 
DistributionHispaniola: 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).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: USNM 258722. 
CommentFor illustrations see Thomas and Hedges, 1988. 
Etymologynamed “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). 
References
  • Pauwels, Olivier S. G. and Richard Wahlgren 2012. Beolens Bo, Watkins Michael, and Grayson Michael (2011), The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (4): 352 – 355 - 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.
  • Thomas R. and S. B. Hedges 1988. Two new geckos (Sphaerodactylus) from the Sierra Martin Garcia of Hispaniola. Herpetologica 44: 96-104. - get paper here
  • Thomas, Richard and S. Blair Hedges 1998. A new gecko from the Sierra de Neiba of Hispaniola (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Sphaerodactylus). Herpetologica 54 (3): 333-336 - get paper here
 
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