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Sphaerodactylus parkeri (GRANT, 1939)

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: South Jamaican Banded Geckolet, Parker's Least Gecko 
SynonymSpliacrodactylus parkeri GRANT 1939: 8
Sphaerodactylus parkeri — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 521
Sphaerodactylus parkeri — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus parkeri — RÖSLER 2000: 113
Sphaerodactylus parkeri — WILSON 2011 
DistributionAntilles, Jamaica, St. Elisabeth`s

Type locality: Alligator Pond, Manchester Parish, Jamaica.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 45005. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 33 mm, in females to 35 mm); dorsals large, keeled, imbricate, axilla to groin 14-18; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 21-26; dorsal caudal scales keeled, erected, imbricate, acute, ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, enlarged midventrally; scales of snout swollen, keeled, juxtaposed; 2 postnasals; 1-3 internasals; supralabials to mideye 4; midbody scales 32-37. Sexually dichromatic; dorsal ground color (male) gray to gray-brown; dorsal bands obscure; 2 black dots immediately anterior to incomplete black collar; head patternless dull yellow; chin lemon-yellow; throat and sides of head orange; venter pale with fine dots or stippling; female essentially gray-and-black banded; dorsal ground color gray; dorsal pattern of black bands (preceded by gray and followed by white) from neck to tail tip; black and white stripes radiate posteriorly from eye; limbs and toes banded white, gray, and black; venter with gray shading or faint bands (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 521). 
CommentFor illustrations see Barbour, 1921 (as S. richardsoni); Grant, 1939; Grant, 1940. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Hampton Wildman Parker (1897-1968), an English zoologist who studied in Cambridge. 
  • Barbour, T. 1921. Sphaerodactylus. Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool. (Harvard) 47: 215-282. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Grant, C. 1939. Two new sphaerodactyls from Jamaica. Copeia 1939 (1): 7-13. - get paper here
  • Grant, C. 1940. The herpetology of Jamaica Il. The reptiles. Bull. Inst. Jamaica., Sci. Ser. 1: 61-148.
  • 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.
  • Wilson, B.S. & Vogel, P. 2000. A survey of the herpetofauna of the Hellshire Hills, Jamaica, including the rediscovery of the Blue-tailed Galliwasp (Celestus duquesneyi Grant). Carib. J. Sci. 36: 244-249
  • Wilson, Byron S. 2011. Conservation of Jamaican amphibians and reptiles. In: Hailey et al., eds, Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas Volume 2: 273-310 - get paper here
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