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Christinus guentheri (BOULENGER, 1885)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Lord Howe Island Southern Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus marmoratus — GÜNTHER 1875 (partim)
Phyllodactylus guentheri BOULENGER 1885: 90
Phyllodactylus guentheri — OGILBY 1887: 990
Phyllodactylus marmoratus — ZIETZ 1920 (partim)
Christinus guentheri — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Ridegekko guentheri — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 15
Christinus guentheri — COGGER 2000: 207
Christinus guentheri — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Christinus guentheri — HEINICKE et al. 2014 
DistributionAustralia (Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island)

Type locality: Norfolk Is., Lord Howe Is., Champion Bay, NW coast of Australia (the latter presumed to be in error, fide Cogger (1971).  
TypesLectotype: BMNH, collected by F.N. Raynor, designation by Wells & Wellington (1985) 
CommentType species: Phyllodactylus guentheri BOULENGER 1885 is the type species of the genus Ridegekko WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 15. 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
  • Bauer A M. Good D A. Branch W R. 1997. The taxonomy of the Southern African leaf-toed geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with a review of Old World "Phyllodactylus" and the description of five new genera. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 49 (14): 447-497. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Cogger, H. G. 1971. The reptiles of Lord Howe Island. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 96: 23-38 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Heinicke, Matthew P.; Juan D. Daza, Eli Greenbaum, Todd R. Jackman & Aaron M. Bauer 2014. Phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography of a circum-Indian Ocean clade of leaf-toed geckos (Reptilia: Gekkota), with a description of two new genera. Systematics and Biodiversity 12 (1): 23-42, DOI:10.1080/14772000.2013.877999 - get paper here
  • Ogilby, J.D. 1887. Report on a small zoological collection from Norfolk Island. II. Reptiles and fishes. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales (2) 4: 990-993 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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