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Afroedura amatolica (HEWITT, 1925)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Amatola Flat Gecko, Amatola Rock Gecko 
SynonymOedura amatolica HEWITT 1925: 349
Oedura amatolica — FITZSIMONS 1930: 23
Afroedura amatolica — WELCH 1994
Afroedura amatolica — JACOBSEN et al. 2014 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (SE Cape Province, Amatola and Katberg Mountains)

Type locality: near Hogsback (elevation: 6000 feet), Amatola Range, Cape Province  
TypesSyntypes: PEM 9439-9441 
DiagnosisOriginal description: “This species has considerable resemblance to pondolia, in the characters of the scutellation of snout and chin, but seems distinct therefrom in the digital characters: there are smaller differences in the number of preanal pores, and in the segmentation of the tail.
A stout heavy form. Large nasals separated from each other by an enlarged granule. Rostral and first labial entering the nostril. Rostral hardly twice as broad as high. Mental large, slightly broader than the first labial at its base, narrowing towards its apex, subpentagonal or subtriangular. Enlarged chin-shields present. Lower labials 7-9. Dorsal scales convexly granular on the head throughout, somewhat flattened and subimbricate on the back, smallest on the occiput. Digits of hands and feet rather stout, each with two pairs of well-developed adhesive plates at the distal end of the basal portion inferiorly: there is an inferomedian row of about six or seven enlarged scales, all of which are much elongated transversely, the distal one very greatly so, being dumb-bell shaped. Male with an oblique row of four tubercles at the base of the tail on each side of the vent, the uppermost largest: 12 preanal pores. Tail a little depressed, and showing distinct segmentation at the sides, but this is scarcely noticeable to the naked eye: reproduced portion without segmentation.” (Hewitt 1925)

Coloration: “Above brownish grey with about seven or eight irregular wavy, darker cross-stripes on the back: loreal region dark, but no definite stripe.” (Hewitt 1925)

Size: “Total length 100, tail (partly reproduced) 46, breadth of head 11.5.” (Hewitt 1925) 
CommentSynonymy: Has been synonymized with Afroedura nivaria by LOVERIDGE 1947, Wermuth 1965, and others.

Type not in South Africa fide SAMA catalog (Anonymous 1958). 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Branch, W.R.; Branch, R.E; Branch, M.S. 1990. Life History Note: Afroedura amatolica: Reproduction. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (37): 49-49 - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • Essex, R. 1925. Descriptions of two new species of the genus Acontias and notes on some other lizards found in the Cape Province. Rec. Albany Mus. 3: 332-342.
  • Hewitt, J. 1925. On some new species of Reptiles and Amphibians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3: 343-370
  • JACOBSEN, NIELS H. G.; ARIANNA L. KUHN, TODD R. JACKMAN & AARON M. BAUER 2014. A phylogenetic analysis of the southern African gecko genus Afroedura Loveridge (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with the description of nine new species from Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. Zootaxa 3846 (4): 451–501 - get paper here
  • Reeves, B., Brooke, C. F., Venter, J. A., & Conradie, W. 2022. The Reptiles and Amphibians of the Mpofu-Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve Complex in the Winterberg Mountains, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. African Journal of Wildlife Research, 52(1) - get paper here
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