Aristelliger praesignis (HALLOWELL, 1856)
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Jamaican Croaking Gecko, Woodslave (Cayman Island), Croaking Lizard (Jamaica)|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus praesignis HALLOWELL 1856: 222|
Aristelliger praesignis — BOULENGER 1885: 146
Aristelliger praesignis — GRANT 1941: 14
Aristelliger praesignis — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 364
Aristelliger praesignis praesignis — BAUER & RUSSEL 1993
Aristelliger praesignis — RÖSLER 2000: 60
Aristelliger praesignis — MCCRANIE 2018
|Distribution||Jamaica, including Bogue Is., Morant Cays, Pedro Cays; Cayman Is.|
Type locality: Jamaica.
|Types||Syntypes: ANSP 7443-44|
|Diagnosis||DESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 85 mm, in females to 65 mm); 0-3|
enlarged postmentals; fourth finger lamellae 18-33; fourth toe lamellae 17-35; "friction pads" only on 1 finger and 1 toe. Dorsal pattern develops from a series of dorsal rhombs and prominent scapular ocelli, frequently fading to more or less unicolor in adults; dorsum plain gray with about 9 diamond-shaped reticulations from snout to sacrum, sometimes continuing onto tail with about 7 more rhombs (regenerated tail without markings or with irregular longitudinal lines), or dorsum gray with a frosting or stippling of scattered, white granules, especially on head; sides often heavily spotted with brick-red or orange, these colors at times extending onto dorsum, base of tail, and snout, on a yellowish (rather than gray) ground; a darker gray, dark brown, or deep orange line from snout along sides; scapular pattern (vivid in young) usually present in adults as a dark gray patch outlined by darker pigment and by white, frequently containing white dots; venter yellowish to clear white, chin and throat striped with gray to varying degrees or dusky; tail grayish, rings (when present) showing on underside, or with 7+ vivid, white ocelli, bordered with black; at night, almost black (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 364).
Detailed description: Grant 1941.
|Comment||Illustrations: see Hecht, 1951; Hecht, 1952.|
|Etymology||Named after the Latin “prae” (= before) and “signe” (=mark), probably referring to the color pattern.|
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