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Sphaerodactylus lazelli SHREVE, 1968

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cap-Haitien Geckolet, Cap-Haitien Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus lazelli SHREVE 1968: 8
Sphaerodactylus lazelli — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 502
Sphaerodactylus lazelli — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus lazelli — RÖSLER 2000: 112 
DistributionHispaniola: Haiti (El Yunque)

Type locality: Cap Haitien, Departement du Nord, Haiti  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 63218 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in male 31 mm, only specimen known); dorsals large, acute, strongly keeled, flattened, imbricate, axilla to groin 20; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 25; dorsal caudal scales keeled, acute, imbricate, flat-lying, ventral caudal scales smooth, cycloid, enlarged midventrally; snout acuminate, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, juxtaposed, keeled; 3 postnasals; 1 internasal; upper labials to mideye 3; gular scales keeled; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 42; escutcheon with broad and compact central area and extensions onto thighs to near underside of knee, 6 x 29. Dorsum (as preserved) medium brown with a very few scattered, darker brown scales in a more or less lineate pattern; a large, prominent, sharp-edged, black scapular patch with 2 included tan ocelli, followed by a transverse series of 3 tiny, black dots; a large, black, sharp-edged nuchal spot, and another (ovate) on occiput, the former with a pair of fine, dark lines from anterolateral corners, passing around occipital spot and ending between eyes; a clear tan postocular line joining its mate posterior to nuchal blotch to give U-shaped figure on head and neck; venter immaculate pale tan with some scattered, dark brown flecks along ventrolateral margins; tail not ocellate (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 502). 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed for James D. Lazell (1939-2023), American herpetologist and conservationist, co-collector of the type series. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A. 1983. Part 1. Sphaerodactylus difficilis, S. clenchi, and S. lazelli. Pp. 5-30. In: Schwartz, A., and R. Thomas. The difficilis complex of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae) of Hispaniola. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, (22): 1-60
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Shreve, B. 1968. The notatus group of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae) in Hispaniola. Breviora (280): 1-28 - get paper here
  • 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
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