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Chondrodactylus fitzsimonsi (LOVERIDGE, 1947)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Button-scaled Gecko, Fitzsimons’ Thick-toed gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus laevigatus tesselatus FITZSIMONS 1938: 172
Pachydactylus laevigatus fitzsimonsi LOVERIDGE 1947: 400 (nom. nov.)
Pachydactylus laevigatus fitzsimonsi — WERMUTH 1965: 119
Pachydactylus fitzsimonsi — BENYR 1995: 50
Pachydactylus laevigatus fitzsimonsi — BAUER et al. 1995
Pachydactylus fitzsimonsi — BRANCH 1998: 255
Pachydactylus fitzsimonsi —BAUER et al. 2000
Pachydactylus fitzsimonsi — RÖSLER 2000: 98
Chondrodactylus fitzsimonsi — BAUER & LAMB 2005
Chondrodactylus fitzsimonsi — MARQUES et al. 2018 
DistributionSW Africa, Angola,Namibia (Kunene Region, Khorixas District).

Type locality: Kamanyab, SW Africa.

laevigatus tesselatus: Type locality: Kamanjab (Namibia).  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 17202, adult 
EtymologyNamed after Vivian F. M. Fitzsimons (1901-1975), South African herpetologist. 
  • Baptista NL, António T, Branch WR. 2019. The herpetofauna of Bicuar National Park and surroundings, southwestern Angola: a preliminary checklist. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [Special Section]: 96–130 (e203) - 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
  • Bauer, A.M., Lamb, A.C., and Branch, W.R. 2000. Additional records of uncommon Pachydactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from northern and central Namibia. African Herp News (30): 2-3 [1999] - get paper here
  • Benyr, G. 1995. Systematik und Taxonomie der Geckos des Pachydactylus bibronii-laevigatus Komplexes (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae). Diploma thesis, Univ. Wien, 75 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch, W. R. 1998. Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. 3rd ed. Fully Revised and Updated to Include 83 New Species. Ralph Curtis Books (Sanibel Island, Florida), 399 pp.
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1938. Transvaal Museum Expedition to South-West Africa and Little Namaqualand, May to August 1937 - Reptiles and Amphibians. Annals Transvaal Mus. 19 (2): 153-209 - get paper here
  • Gamble, T; Greenbaum, E; Jackman, TR; Russell, AP; Bauer, AM 2012. Repeated Origin and Loss of Adhesive Toepads in Geckos. PLoS One 7 (6):10.1371/journal.pone.0039429 - get paper here
  • Gates, Bruce C. 2010. Day Geckos of Damaraland: Rhoptropus barnardi Hewitt, 1926, Rhoptropus boultoni Schmidt, 1933, and Rhoptropus diporus Haacke, 1965. Gekko 6 (1): 56-60
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
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