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Sphaerodactylus richardsonii GRAY, 1845

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus richardsonii gossei GRANT 1939
Sphaerodactylus richardsonii richardsonii GRAY 1845 
Common NamesE: Northern Jamaica Banded Geckolet, Richardson's Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus Richardsoni GRAY 1845:168
Sphaerodactylus richardsonii — BOULENGER 1885: 227
Sphaerodactylus richardsoni — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 527
Sphaerodactylus richardsonii — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus richardsonii — RÖSLER 2000: 114
Sphaerodactylus richardsoni — WILSON 2011

Sphaerodactylus richardsonii gossei GRANT 1939
Sphaerodactylus richardsonii gossei GRANT 1939: 10
Sphaerodactylus richardsonii gossei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 190 
DistributionAntilles, Jamaica

richardsoni: known with certainty only from vicinity of Montego Bay. Type locality: "America"; restricted to Montego Bay, St. James Parish, Jamaica, by Grant, 1939.

gossei: known with certainty only from north coastal region of Jamaica. Altitudinal distribution sea level to 260 ft. Type locality: Mouth of Roaring River, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.26.51
Holotype: MCZ 45015 [gossei] 
CommentFor illustrations see Grant, 1940.

The main distinction between S. r. richardsoni and S. r. gossei is the presence of unicolor males in the nominate subspecies versus essentially female-colored males in S. r. gossei. 
  • Barbour, T. 1910. Notes on the herpetology of Jamaica. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 52: 273—301 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - 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.
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - 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.
  • Wilson, Byron S. 2011. Conservation of Jamaican amphibians and reptiles. In: Hailey et al., eds, Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas Volume 2: 273-310
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