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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Striped Clawed Gecko, Wiegmann's Striped Gecko
S: Limpiacasa 
SynonymGymnodactylus vittatus LICHTENSTEIN & MARTENS 1856: 6
Gonatodes gillii COPE 1863: 102
Gonatodes vittatus — BOULENGER 1885: 60
Gonatodes vittatus vittatus — RIVERO-BLANCO 1964
Gonatodes vittatus — WERMUTH 1965: 45
Gonatodes vittatus — RÖSLER 1995: 167
Gonatodes vittatus — GORZULA & SEÑARIS 1999
Gonatodes vittatus — RIVAS et al. 2012 
DistributionVenezuela (Los Roques Islands, Cojedes), Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad, Tobago, Aruba, Curacao, Margarita, Coche, Cubagoa, Los Frailes, Los Testigos, La Tortuga Island

Type locality: La Guayra, Puerto Cabello and Caracas, North coast of Venezuela.  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 429A 
CommentKaryotype: Chromosomal variability may indicate cryptic species (McBee et al. 1987).

Behavior: mainly diurnal

Synonymy: The holotype of G. vittatus roquensis (MHNLS 1031) is an adult specimen of G. antillensis (MHNLS 1031, erroneously cited as MNHLS 10800). The remaining series of paratypes deposited in MHNLS (1032–1043) and MBUCV (MBUCV 1906–1909) are G. aff. vittatus (RIVAS et al. 2012). For a discussion of authorship see Gutsche 2016: 169. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “vittatus” for ribbon, or decorated by a ribbon, referring to the dorsal stripe in males of the species. 
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