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Lepidodactylus guppyi BOULENGER, 1884

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Solomon Scaly-toed Gecko 
SynonymLepidodactylus guppyi BOULENGER 1884
Lepidodactylus guppyi — BOULENGER 1885: 166
Lepidodactylus guppyi — DE ROOIJ 1915: 50
Lepidodactylus guppyi — LOVERIDGE 1948: 316
Lepidodactylus guppyi — WERMUTH 1965: 98
Lepidodactylus guppyi — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus guppyi — RÖSLER 2000: 91 
DistributionBismarck Archipelago; New Britain,
Solomon Islands (Faro), Vanuatu: Hiu.
New Guinea (?),
Oceania, Renell,
Santa Cruz Islands

Type locality: Faro Island, Solomon Islands.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
DiagnosisDescription: Head small, oviform; snout one and one third time the diameter of the orbit, which equals its distance to the ear-opening; forehead concave; ear-opening small, round. Rostral quadrangular, more than twice as broad as high; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first labial and three scales. Eleven or twelve upper and as many lower labials; mental small, not much larger than the labials; three or four rows of small chin-shields. Body long, covered with uniform granular scales, those on the snout enlarged; ventral scales largest and flat, round, slightly imbricate. Male with a series of 44 femoral and praeanal pores. Tail cylindrical, tapering, covered with small equal flat scales. Limbs rather short; digits webbed at the base, inner well developed, 10 or 11 lamellae under the median digits, the two or three proximal divided (fig. 32, de Rooij 1915: 50).

Coloration: Pinkish-brown above, sides with darker spots; two dark streaks on the side of the head behind the eye, one on the snout. Tail with dark annuli. Lower surface whitish, speckled with reddish-brown (de Rooij 1915: 50).

Size: Length of head and body 185 mm (de Rooij 1915: 50). 
CommentGroup: Member of Lepidodactylus group II. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Henry Brougham Guppy (1854-1926), a traveler and collector who started as a navy surgeon in the China and Japan station on HMS Hornet (1877-1880). For more details see Beolens et al. 2011. 
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  • 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. 1884. Diagnoses of new reptiles and batrachians from the Solomon Islands, collected and presented to the British Museum by H. B. Guppy, Esq., M. B., H. M. S. ‘Lark.’. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1884: 210-213. - 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
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1886. On the reptiles and batrachians of the Solomon Islands. Trans. Zool. Soc. London 12: 35-62
  • Brown, Walter C. 1964. The status of Pseudogekko shebae and observations on the geckos of the Solomon Islands. Breviora (204): 1-8 - get paper here
  • Brown,W.C. & Parker,F. 1977. Lizards of the genus Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae) from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the islands of the Pacific, with description of new species. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 41: 253-265 - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E.; Burt, May Danheim 1932. Herpetological results of the Whitney South Sea Expedition. VI. Pacific island amphibians and reptiles in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 63 (5): 461-597 - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - get paper here
  • Hediger, H. 1934. Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 441-582
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  • Ineich, I. 2009. The terrestrial herpetofauna of Torres and Banks Groups (northern Vanuatu), with report of a new species for Vanuatu. Zootaxa 2198: 1-15 - get paper here
  • Ineich, I. 2011. Amphibians and reptiles. In: Bouchet P., Le Guyader H. & PascaL O. (eds), The Natural History of Santo. pp. 187-236. MNhN, Paris; Ird, Marseille; PNI, Paris. 572 pp. (Patrimoines naturels; 70). - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1948. New Guinean reptiles and amphibians in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and United States National Museum. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 101 (2): 305-430. - get paper here
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  • Ota, H. 1987. A new species of Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) from Lanyu Island, Taiwan. Copeia 1987 (1): 164-169. - get paper here
  • Ota, Hidetoshi, Robert N. Fisher, Ivan Ineich, Ted J. Case, Ray R. Radtkey and George R. Zug. 1998. A new Lepidodactylus (Squmata: Gekkonidae) from Vanuatu. Herpetologica 54 (3): 325-332 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, H., Glaw, F.& R. Günther 2005. Aktualisierte Liste der Geckos von Neuguinea (Sauria: Geckonidae: Gekkoninae) mit vorläufiger Charakterisierung von neun Formen aus den Gattungen Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827, Gehyra Gray, 1834 und Nactus Kluge, 1983. Gekkota 5: 33-64 - get paper here
  • Zug, G. R.; Watling, D.; Alefaio, T.; Alefaio, S.; Ludescher, C. 2003. A new gecko (Reptilia: Squamata: Genus Lepidodactylus) from Tuvalu, South-central Pacific. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 116 (1): 38-46 - get paper here
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