Goggia gemmula (BAUER, BRANCH & GOOD, 1996)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Goggia gemmula?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Richtersveld Dwarf Leaf-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Phyllodactylus gemmulus BAUER, BRANCH & GOOD 1996|
Goggia gemmula — BAUER et al. 1997
Goggia gemmula — RÖSLER 2000: 83
Goggia gemmula — BATES et al. 2014: 109
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Richtersveld),|
S Namibia (Karas District)
Type locality: 22.6 km by road E Sendelingsdrif (Park Headquarter), Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
|Types||Holotype: CAS 193645, paratypes: PEM|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS. A small species of the P. lineatus group, having an adult snout-vent length (SVL) of 23-30 mm and distinguished from other species in the genus and species group by the following combination of characteristics: head depressed; dorsal body scalation homogeneous; midbody scale rows 70-86; 4 preanal pores in males; dorsal color pattern with transverse rows of large yellow spots on a brown or mottled background. Phyllodactylus gemmulus differs from P . microlepidotus, P . porphyreus, and an undescribed species from the Swartberg Mountains by its smaller size, and from the last species and P. peringueyi by its homogeneous body scalation. It is distinguished from P. lineatus and several related forms (resurrected or described by Branch et aI., 1995) by its elongate trunk and its color pattern of large, diffuse yellow spots (small pale spots may be found in other species and small orange spots are seen in P. rupicolus from Namaqualand). It is distinguished from P. hexaporus and from P. lineatus by its lower number of preanal pores, and from all members of the group except P.linealus by a relatively low number of midbody scale rows. Phyllodaclylus gemmulus is also distinguished by four unique allozyme alleles (Bauer et al. 1996: 4)|
COLOR IN LIFE. Similar to preserved color except dorsal spots and those on femora beige or pale pink, containing smaller canary yellow spots displaced anteriorly; pale spots on head also yellow; anterior margins of light bands on tail with two small canary yellow spots or a thin yellow band (Bauer et al. 1996: 5, Fig. 2).
|Etymology||Named after Latin gemmula = a small jewel or gem, referring to the small size and bright (for the genus) dorsal coloration of the species.|