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Ailuronyx seychellensis (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1836)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: English common name not available
G: Bronzegecko 
SynonymPlatydactylus seychellensis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 310
Thecodactylus (Ailuronyx) seychellensis FITZINGER 1843 (ex errore)
Teconyx sechellensis — GRAY 1845: 159
Aeluronix seychellensis — AGASSIZ 1846: 9
Ailuronyx seychellensis — BOULENGER 1885: 193
Aeluronyx [sic] seychellensis — HOESCH 1982
Ailuronyx seychellensis — RÖSLER 1995: 95 

Type locality: Seychelles  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 2269 and MNHN-RA 6677 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Predominantly nocturnal geckos with granular dorsal scales; supra-ocular spines usually present. Pupil vertical. Lamellae on toepads undivided; a large claw is present on each digit, claws asymmetrically positioned. Femoro-anal pores and hemipenial pouches present in males; cloacal spurs may be present in large specimens (from GERLACH 1996).

Diagnosis (species): Large adult size (up to ll6 mm snout-vent length); rostral contacts nostril; snout descending steeply; body covered with conical granular scales, rough in appearance; caudal scales regular, pentagonal, with longitudinal ridges on their posterior edges; 20-34 femoro-anal pores (from GERLACH 1996). 
CommentType species: Ailuronyx seychellensis is the type species of the genus Ailuronyx FITZINGER 1843. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M. C. and G. Bibron. 1836. Erpetologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol. 3. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 528 pp. - get paper here
  • Fitzinger, L. 1843. Systema Reptilium, fasciculus primus, Amblyglossae. Braumüller et Seidel, Wien: 106 pp. - get paper here
  • Gardner, A.S. 1985. An identification key to the geckos of the Seychelles, with brief notes on their distributions and habits. The Herpetological Journal 1 (1): 17-19. - get paper here
  • Gerlach, J. & K. L. CANNING 1996. A new species of the Western Indian Ocean gecko Ailuronyx (Reptilia; Gekkonidae). The Herpetological Journal 6 (2): 37-42. - get paper here
  • Gerlach, Justin 2002. The Enigmatic Giant Bronze Gecko, Ailuronyx trachygaster, Part I: Identity. Gekko 3 (1): 29-38
  • Gerlach, Justin 2004. The Enigmatic Giant Bronze Gecko Ailuronyx trachygaster Part 2: Ecology. Gekko 4 (1): 8-14
  • Henkel, F.W. & Zobel, R. 1987. Zur Kenntnis des Bronzegeckos Ailuronyx seychellensis (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1836). Herpetofauna 9 (51): 12-14 - get paper here
  • Hoesch, U. 1982. Herpetologische Beobachtungen auf den Seychellen. Herpetofauna 4 (17): 31-33 - get paper here
  • Krüger, B. 2018. Herpetologische Eindrücke von den Seychellen. Reptilia 23 (133): 72-78 - get paper here
  • PAWLOWSKI, S. 2016. Herpetological impressions from Aride Island, Seychelles. Sauria 38 (1): 48-53 - get paper here
  • PAWLOWSKI, S. 2017. Herpetologische Eindrücke vom Fond-Ferdinand-Naturreservat, Praslin, Seychellen. Sauria 39 (1): 21-27 - get paper here
  • Pawlowski, S. & Krämer, C. 2006. Herpetologische Eindrücke von den zentralen Sychelleninseln Praslin, Curieuse, La Digue und Cousin. Elaphe 14 (3): 53-61
  • Pawlowski, S. & Krämer, C. 2009. Zur Herpetologie des Vallée de Mai auf Praslin, Seychellen. Sauria 30 (4): 19-27 [2008] - get paper here
  • Rocha, Sara; Ana Perera, Nancy Bunbury, Christopher N. Kaiser-Bunbury and David J. Harris 2016. Speciation history and species-delimitation within the Seychelles Bronze geckos, Ailuronyx spp.: molecular and morphological evidence. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12895 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • Volobouev, Vitaly;Ineich, Ivan 1994. A chromosome banding study of Ailuronyx seychellensis (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) and its phylogentic affinities. Journal of Herpetology 28 (2): 267-270 - get paper here
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