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Chondrodactylus bibronii (SMITH, 1846)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Bibron's (Thick-toed) Gecko
G: Bibrons Dickfingergecko 
SynonymTarentola bibronii SMITH 1846
Pachydactylus bibronii — BOULENGER 1885: 201
Pachydactylus bibronii — FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Pachydactylus bibronii — AUERBACH 1987: 85
Pachydactylus bibronii — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus bibronii — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 9
Pachydactylus bibronii — RÖSLER 2000: 98
Chondrodactylus bibronii — BAUER & LAMB 2005
Pachydactylus bibronii — BRANCH & BAUER 2005
Chondrodactylus bibronii — BATES et al. 2014: 103 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa, S Namibia (Kamanjab area), Swaziland

Introduced to USA (Florida)

Type locality: Tete, Mozambique.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.26.20-28 
CommentPachydactylus bibronii turneri (GRAY 1864) has been elevated to species status. Pachydactylus bibronii pulitzerae has been transferred to P. laevigatus. Distribution not corrected for this elevation. 
EtymologyNamed after Gabriel Bibron (1806-1848), French zoologist. 
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  • Bates, Michael F.;Heideman, Neil J. L. 1997. Report on a collection of lizards from Owambo District, Northern Namibia. African Herp News (26): 16-21 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.; Branch, W.R. 1996. Pachydactylus bibronii. Predation. Herpetological Review 27 (2): 79-80 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. & Lamb, T. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of southern African geckos in the Pachydactylus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae). African Journal of Herpetology 54 (2): 105-129 - get paper here
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