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Tarentola albertschwartzi SPRACKLAND & SWINNEY, 1998

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Jamaican Giant Gecko 
SynonymTarentola albertschwartzi SPRACKLAND & SWINNEY 1998
Tarentola (Neotarentola) albertschwartzi — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Tarentola (Neotarentola) albertschwartzi — WEISS & HEDGES 2007
Tarentola albertschwartzi — WILSON 2011 

Type locality: “Jamaica”  
TypesHolotype: NMSZ 1884.23.7, adult female (National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh) 
CommentConservation: This taxon is based on a single specimen presented in 1884 to the collection of the National Museums of Scotland; it is possibly extinct now.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species is named for Albert Schwartz (1923-1992) whose decades of study of the West Indies `left behind a herpetological legacy for a single geographic region that is unlikely ever to be duplicated. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Carranza, S., Arnold, E. Nicholas; Mateo, J. A. and L. F. López-Jurado 2000. Long-distance colonization and radiation in gekkonid lizards, Tarentola (Reptilia: Gekkonidae), revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences. Proc. R. Soc. London B 267: 637-649 - 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
  • Sprackland R G & G N Swinney 1998. A new species of giant gecko of the genus Tarentola (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Jamaica. Journal of Zoology 245, 73-78. - get paper here
  • 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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