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Sphaerodactylus plummeri THOMAS & HEDGES, 1992

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Barahona Big-scaled Geckolet, Barahona big-scaled sphaero 
SynonymSphaerodactylus plummeri THOMAS & HEDGES 1992: 289
Sphaerodactylus plummeri — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus plummeri — RÖSLER 2000: 113 
DistributionCaribbean: Hispaniola

Type locality: "10.6km N Calo Rojo on the Alcoa road (2.6km N Pedernales-Oviedo road), Pedernales Province, Dominican Republic, elevation 80 m"  
TypesHolotype: USNM 317892 
CommentIts combination of small body size and very large, flattened, keeled dorsal scales distinguish it from other species in the genus.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after one of the collectors, Nicholas Plummer. 
  • 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
  • Thomas, R. and S. B. Hedges. 1992. An unusual new Sphaerodactylus from Hispaniola (Squamata, Gekkonidae). Journal of Herpetology 26 (3): 289-292 - 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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