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Hemidactylus ansorgii BOULENGER, 1901

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Nigeria Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus ansorgii BOULENGER 1901: 204
Hemidactylus ansorgii — BAUER et al. 2006
Hemidactylus ansorgei — ULLENBRUCH et al. 2010: 47
Hemidactylus cf. ansorgii — DEHLING & DEHLING 2012 
DistributionLiberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon

Type locality: Sapele Station, Niger Delta.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1901.1.28.22 (fide Henle & Böhme 2003) 
CommentSynonymy: Perret (1975) and Kluge (1993) considered H. ansorgii as a junior synonym of H. intestinalis Werner, 1897 but Henle and Böhme (2003) have presented compelling evidence that the latter is, in reality, a junior synonym of H. muriceus. Perret (1975) in turn regarded H. muriceus as a senior synonym of H. longicephalus.

Type: not in BMNH (P. Campbell, pers. comm., 7 July 2014). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. W.J. Ansorge, who “presented [a single specimen] to the British Museum”, i.e. probably the collector of the type specimen. 
  • Bauer, Aaron M., Matthew LeBreton, Laurent Chirio, Ivan Ineich and Marcell T. Kouete 2006. New species of Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Cameroon. African Journal of Herpetology 55 (2):83-93. - get paper here
  • BAUER,A.M.; S. TCHIBOZO, O.S.G. PAUWELS & G. LENGLET 2006. A review of the gekkotan lizards of Bénin, with the description of a new species of Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 1242: 1-20 - 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. 1901. Description of a new gecko from the Niger Delta. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. 7:204 - get paper here
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • Dehling, J. M. & D. M. Dehling 2012. Dzanga-Sangha. Auf Froschsuche zwischen Elefanten und Gorillas. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (98): 99-109 - get paper here
  • Gonwouo, Nono LeGrand; Tchassem Fonkwa Arnaud Marius, Doherty-Bone Thomas, Rödel Mark-Oliver 2021. Amphibian and reptiles of a proposed iron ore mining concession in southern Cameroon. Herpetology Notes 14: 1051-1065
  • HENLE, K. & W. BÖHME 2003. A new species of Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from West Africa, and comments on species hitherto confused with H. muriceus. African Journal of Herpetology 52(1): 23-38 - get paper here
  • Kluge A G 1993. Gekkonoid Lizard Taxonomy. International Gecko Society, San Diego, 245 pp.
  • Lawson, Dwight P. 1993. The reptiles and amphibians of the Korup National Park Project, Cameroon. Herpetological Natural History 1 (2): 27-90
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • Ullenbruch, K.; Grell, O.; Böhme, W. 2010. Reptiles from southern Benin, West Africa, with the description of a new Hemidactylus (Gekkonidae), and a country-wide checklist. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (1): 31-54 - get paper here
  • Werner, F. 1897. Über einige noch unbeschriebene Reptilien und Batrachier. Zool. Anz. 20: 261—267 - get paper here
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