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Gonatodes caudiscutatus (GÜNTHER, 1859)

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Shieldhead Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus caudiscutatus GÜNTHER 1859: 410
? Goniodactylus caudiscutatus — O’SHAUGHNESSY 1876: 265
Gonatodes caudiscutatus — BOULENGER 1885: 61
Gymnodactylus panamae BURMEISTER (unpublished)
Gonatodes collaris GARMAN 1892: 83
Gonatodes collaris — VAN DENBURGH 1912
Gonatodes caudiscutatus — VANZOLINI 1955: 125
Gonatodes caudiscutatus — RÖSLER 1995: 166
Gonatodes caudiscutatus — STURARO & AVILA-PIRES 2013 
DistributionEcuador, Colombia, Peru ?, introduced to the Galapagos Islands (SWASH & STILL 2000)

Type locality: Andes of Western Ecuador.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.9.7.6-9 (4)
Holotype: MCZ 9432 [collaris] 
CommentSynonymy partly after PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 132. The name Gymnodactylus panamae BURMEISTER was only used as a label in the MLUH collection but never published.

Behavior: mainly diurnal

Similar species: Gonatodes concinnatus; some of the records of G. caudiscututus from Colombia were based on Gonatodes riveroi. 
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  • Baldamus, P. 2009. Haltung und Nachzucht von Gonatodes caudiscutatus. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (78): 28-30 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - 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
  • Carvajal-Campos, A.; O. Torres-Carvajal 2012. Gonatodes caudiscutatus (Günther, 1859) (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae): Distribution extension in Ecuador. Check List 8(3):525-527 - get paper here
  • CASTRO-HERRERA, FERNANDO; ANYELET VALENCIA-AGUILAR, DIEGO VILLAQUIRAN-Martínez 2012. Diversidad de Anfibios y Reptiles del Parque Nacional Natural Isla Gorgona. Universidad del Valle, Santiago de Cali, Valle del Cauca, 112 pp. - get paper here
  • Cisneros-Heredia DF. 2018. Non-native small terrestrial vertebrates in the Galapagos. PeerJ Preprints 6:e26563v1 - get paper here
  • Cruz-García K, Barreno M, Cuadrado S, Moretta-Urdiales M, Molina-Moreira N, Salas JA, Torres-Domínguez Á, Narváez AE 2023. Amphibians and reptiles of Isla Santay (Durán, Ecuador). Check List 19(3): 347-369 - get paper here
  • Cuadrado, S. S., Loor, Y. A., Zambrano, R. H., & Narváez, A. E. 2023. Species Composition and Ecology of Diurnal Herpetofauna in Agroecosystems of the Ecuadorian Chocó. South American Journal of Herpetology, 29(1), 66-76
  • Garman, S. 1892. The reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. From the collections of Dr. Geo. Baur. Bull. Essex Inst. 24: 73-87 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1859. Second list of cold-blooded vertebrata collected by Mr. Fraser in the Andes of Western Ecuador. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1859: 402-422 - get paper here
  • Hluschi, D. 2009. Gonatodes - die unbekannten Juwelen der Neotropis. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (78): 16-23 - get paper here
  • Lehr, E. 2002. Amphibien und Reptilien in Peru. Natur und Tier-Verlag (Münster), 208 pp. - get paper here
  • O’Shaughnessy,A.W.E. 1876. Descriptions of new species of Gekkotidae in the British Museum Collection. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 16: 262-266 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Sturaro, Marcelo José and Teresa C.S. Avila-Pires 2013. Redescription of the Gecko Gonatodes caudiscutatus (Günther, 1859) (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae). South American J. Herp. 8 (2): 132-145. - get paper here
  • Swash, A. & Still, R. 2000. Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Pica Press, 168 pp.
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
  • Van Denburgh, John 1912. Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences to the Galapagos Islands, 1905-1906. VI. The geckos of the Galapagos Archipelago. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 1: 405-430 - get paper here
  • Vanzolini,P.E. 1955. Sóbre Gonatodes varius (Auguste Dumeril), com notas sóbre outras espécies do género (Sauria, Gekkonidae). Pap. Avulsos Zool. 12: 119-132 - get paper here
  • Werner, F. 1901. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Ecuador und Neu-Guinea. Verh. Zool.-bot. Ges. Wien 51: 593-614 - get paper here
  • Wood, G. Congdon 1939. Results of the Pinchot South Sea Expedition, III. ï Galapagos reptiles. Notulae Naturae (15): 1-4
  • ZUG, G.R. 2013. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Pacific Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley, 306 pp. - get paper here
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