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Uroplatus fimbriatus (SCHNEIDER, 1797)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Common Flat-tail Gecko
G: Plattschwanzgecko 
SynonymStellio fimbriatus SCHNEIDER 1797: 32
? Stellio tetradactylus SCHNEIDER 1797 (fide BOULENGER 1885)
? Gecko sarroubea DAUDIN 1802: 176 (fide BOULENGER 1885)
Gecko caudiverbera — MERREM 1820 (see note)
Rhacoessa hypoxantha WAGLER 1833 (nom. subst.)
Chiroperus sarrube WIEGMANN 1834: 20 (nom. subst. pro G. tetradactylus)
Ptyodactylus fimbriatus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 381
Ptyodactylus Feuillaei — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 386 (?)
Uroplates fimbriatus — BOULENGER 1885: 237
Uroplates fimbriatus lichenius ROTHSCHILD 1903 (fide ANGEL 1942)
Uroplatus fimbriatus — ANGEL 1942: 12
Uroplatus fimbriatus — WERMUTH 1965: 186
Uroplatus fimbriatus — KLUGE 1993
Uroplatus fimbriatus — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 270
Uroplatus aff. fimbriatus — GEHRING & KUBIK 2005 
DistributionN/C Madagascar, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé (?), Mangabe, Saint Marie

Type locality: Madagascar. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesNeotype: ZFMK 36503 
CommentKluge 1993 gives the author as SCHNEIDER 1792. Not listed for Nossi Be by ANDREONE et al. 2003. One of the biggest geckos (reaching 300 mm or more).
GLAW et al. (2006) reproduced the plate from WAGLER 1833 (Rhacoessa hypoxantha) and the plate from ROTHSCHILD 1903 (Uroplates fimbriatus lichenius).

Type species: Stellio fimbriatus SCHNEIDER 1797 is the type species of the genus Uroplatus DUMÉRIL 1805 (Zool. analyt., p. 80, fide WERMUTH 1965).

BOULENGER (1885: 236) mentions a gecko that appears to be “mythical”. He gives its synonymy as follows (with years added here):
Lacerta caudiverbera LINNAEUS I: 359
Caudiverbera peruviana — LAURENTI Syst. Amph.: 43, GRAY Cat: 152
Gecko cristatus — DAUDIN, Rept. iv: 167
Gecko caudiverbera — MERREM 1820: 40
Ptyodactylus feuillaei — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 386
Oiacurus feuillaei — FITZINGER 1843: 97 
EtymologyThe generic name, Uroplatus, is a Latinization of two Greek words: "ourá" (οὐρά) meaning "tail" and "platys" (πλατύς) meaning "flat". Its specific name fimbriatus is the Latin word for "fringed" based upon the gecko's unique appearance of fringed skin. 
References
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