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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesTarentola annularis relicta JOGER 1984
Tarentola annularis annularis (GEOFFROY SAINT-HILAIRE 1827) 
Common NamesE: White-spotted Wall Gecko, Ringed Wall Gecko 
SynonymGecko annularis GEOFFROY SAINT-HILAIRE 1827: 130
Gecko savignyi AUDOUIN 1827: 101
Gecko aegyptiacus CUVIER 1829
Platydactylus aegyptiacus — WAGLER 1830: 142
Platydactylus aegyptiacus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 322
Ascalabotes aegyptiacus — FITZINGER 1843: 102
Tarentola aegyptiaca — GRAY 1845: 165
Tarentola senegalensis BOULENGER 1885: 414
Tarentola annularis — BOULENGER 1885: 197
Tarentola annularis quadricauda TORNIER 1905: 368
Tarentola annularis quadraticauda TORNIER 1905 (fide KLUGE 1993)
Tarentola senegalensis — ANGEL 1930: 253
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) annularis — JOGER 1984
Tarentola annularis — KLUGE 1993
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) annularis — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 266
Tarentola annularis — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 340
Tarentola ephippiata senegalensis — NCBI TAXONOMY 2016
Tarentola annularis — RÖSLER 2018: 14

Tarentola annularis relicta JOGER 1984
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) annularis relicta JOGER 1984
Tarentola annularis relicta — JIRKU et al. 2010 
DistributionEgypt (Ismailia: [HR 31: 185]), S Morocco, Western Sahara, SE Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Ethiopia (Abyssinia), Eritrea, N Somalia, N Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sinai, Senegal, Niger, Uganda,
Saudi Arabia ?, Cape Verde ?, Gambia, ?, Burkina Faso ?, Djibouti

USA (introduced to Florida),
Israel (introduced)

relicta: S Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), NW Cameroon (paratype in ZMUC), Uganda

Type locality: Egypt  
Reproductionoviparous. Exhibits temperature‐dependent sex determination (TSD) fide Cornejo-Páramo et al. 2020 (and references therein). 
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 6697 (designated by Joger, 1984)
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.9.88 [senegalensis]
Holotype: ZFMK 25963, male, leg. H. Rupp, 11. 1978; paratypes: BMNH 1978.333, USNM 42510, 131354- 55, UZMK R 34565-66 [relicta] 
DiagnosisDescription: Loveridge 1947: 323.

Diagnosis: Joger 1984:  
CommentSimilar species: Species has been confused with T. parvicarinata and T. ephippiata (in Mali).

History: Rösler (1993) gives the year of description as 1809, WERMUTH (1965) as 1823. Mees (1987) clarifies this and corrects it to 1827.

Distribution: Not listed for USA by CROTHER 2000. Not listed for East Africa (i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi) by Spawls et al. 2018, but in Uganda fide S. Spawls, pers. comm., 28 June 2018). See Bar et al. 2021 for a map.

Synonymy: Tarentola senegalensis BOULENGER 1885 has been synonymized with T. delalandii by LOVERIDGE 1947.

Illustrations: The photo at shows Pachydactylus turneri (fide I. Kober, pers. comm.). 
EtymologyNamed after the diminutive form (“annul-”) of Latin “anus” = ring. 
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