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Aristelliger expectatus COCHRAN, 1933

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Hispaniolan Desert Croaking Gecko 
SynonymAristelliger expectatus COCHRAN 1933: 33
Aristelliger expectatus — COCHRAN 1941
Aristelliger (Aristelligella) expectatus — HECHT 1952
Aristelliger cochranae expectatus — LYNXWILER & PARMERLEE 1993
Aristelliger expectatus — POWELL et al. 1996
Aristelliger cochranae expectatus — RÖSLER 2000: 60 
DistributionCaribbean: Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, and associated islands and islets.

Type locality: "Jacmel, De'paement du Sud-Est Haiti"  
TypesHolotype: USNM 75908 
CommentSynonymy: Elevated to species status by Powell et al. (1996) based on: (1) Mertens (1939) relegating A. expectatus to subspecific status without comment; (2) differences in size, proportions, pattern, and scalation (see original description of Cochran [1933]); (3) the hiatus between Navassa Island and the main island of Hispaniola, effectively precluding gene exchange; and (4) comments in Powell (1993). 
  • Bauer, A.M. and A.P. Russell 1993. Aristelliger. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (565): 1-4 - get paper here
  • Cochran, D. M. 1933. A new gecko from Haiti, Aristelliger expectatus. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 46: 33-35. - get paper here
  • Cochran, D.M. 1941. The herpetology of Hispaniola. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 177: vii + 398 pp. - get paper here
  • DÍAZ, LUIS M. & S. BLAIR HEDGES 2009. First record of the genus Aristelliger (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) in Cuba, with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 2028: 31-40 - get paper here
  • Geißler, L. 2008. Herpetologische Beobachtungen auf der Halbinsel Barahona, Dominikanische Republik. Elaphe 16 (1): 48-52
  • Hecht, M.K. 1952. Natural selection in the lizard genus Aristelliger. Evolution 6: 112-24. - get paper here
  • Lynxwiler, J.R. and J. S. Parmerlee,Jr. 1993. Aristelliger cochranae. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (567) - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1939. Herpetologische Ergebnisse einer Reise nach der Insel Hispaniola, Westindien. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) 449: 1-84.
  • Powell, R., R. W. Henderson, K. Adler, And H. A. Dundee. 1996. An annotated checklist of West Indian amphibians and reptiles. In R. Powell and R. W. Henderson (eds.), Contributions to West Indian Herpetology: A Tribute to Albert Schwartz, p.51-93. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca (New York). Contributions to Herpetology, volume 12. [book review in Salamandra 36 (2): 136]
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