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Dactylocnemis pacificus (GRAY, 1842)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Pacific Gecko 
SynonymNaultinus pacificus — GRAY 1842
Naultinus pacifica — GRAY 1842
Platydactylus duvaucelii — GRAY (in DIEFFENBACH) 1843
Platydactylus Pacificus — DUMÉRIL 1851
Hoplodactylus pomarii GIRARD 1857: 197 (fide BOULENGER 1885)
Gehyra oceanica — GIRARD (partim) 1858
Dactylocnemis wüllerstorfii FITZINGER 1861
Dactylocnemis wullerstorfii FITZINGER 1861 (fide KLUGE 1993)
Dactylocnemis pacificus — STEINDACHNER 1867
Hoplodactylus pacificus — BOULENGER 1885: 173
Hoplodactylus duvaucellii — HARD 1954 (partim)
Nautlinus pacificus — CHRAPLIWY et al. 1961
Hoplodactylus pacificus — WERMUTH 1965: 95
Hoplodactylus pacificus — RÖSLER 2000: 90
Dactylocnemis pacificus — NIELSEN et al. 2011
Dactylocnemis pacificus — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand (North Island and most nearshore island groups)

Type locality: South Sea Island.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.22.67. Designation by Bauer (1980).
Holotype: USNM 5690 [Hoplodactylus pomarii] 
DiagnosisDefinition (genus). Pupil with crenulated margins; subdigital lamellae extend for <2/3 length of digits; 10–16 lamellae under digit IV of pes, at least distal lamellae curved or chevron-shaped; ventral skin translucent; mouth lining unpigmented, tongue with or without distal pigmentation; precloacal pores not extending onto thighs; SVL 45–100 mm [NIELSEN et al. 2011]. 
CommentSee also Hoplodactylus maculatus for synonymy. For instance, KLUGE 1993 listed brevidactylus as a possible synonym of pacificus.

Type species: Dactylocnemis pacificus (GRAY 1842) is the type species of the genus Dactylocnemis STEINDACHNER 1867. 
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  • 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
  • Chrapliwy, P. S., H. M. Smith, and C. Grant. 1961. Systematic status of the geckonid lizard genera Gehyra, Peropus, Hoplodactylus and Naultinus. Herpetologica 17: 5-12 - get paper here
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