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Tarentola chazaliae (MOCQUARD, 1895)

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Helmethead Gecko
G: Helmkopfgecko 
SynonymGeckonia chazaliae MOCQUARD 1895: 311
Geckonia malazodes AHL 1930 (invalid emendation)
Geckonia chazaliae — LOVERIDGE 1947: 307
Geckonia chazaliae — WERMUTH 1965: 31
Geckonia chazaliae — KLUGE 1993
Geckonia chazaliae — RÖSLER 1995: 117
Geckonia chazaliae — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 233
Tarentola chazaliae — CARRANZA et al. 2002
Tarentola chazaliae — GENIEZ et al. 2004
Tarentola chazaliae — PADIAL 2006
Geckonia chazaliae — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Tarentola chazaliae — RÖSLER 2018: 15, 70 
DistributionSenegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, S Morocco (along the coast)

Type locality: Cap Blanc, French West Africa.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1895.0364 
DiagnosisDescription: Loveridge 1947: 307. 
EtymologyThis gecko is named after a yacht. The collector of the holotype was the French naturalist Raymond Comte de Dalmas (1862-1930), whose yacht, the Chazalie, was grounded on the sands offCap Blanc, Mauritania (Beolens et al. 2011: 52). 
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