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Lepidodactylus pulcher BOULENGER, 1885

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Wild Scaly-toed Gecko 
SynonymLepidodactylus pulcher — BOULENGER 1885: 166
Lepidodactylus pulcher — DE ROOIJ 1915: 49
Lepidodactylus pulcher — TAYLOR 1922: 75
Lepidodactylus guppyi — BURT & BURT 1932 (partim)
Lepidodactylus pulcher — WERMUTH 1965: 99
Lepidodactylus pulcher — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus pulcher — RÖSLER 2000: 91 
DistributionOceania (Robriand-, Admirality Islands), Wild, Plot, Legendrowa Islands,
Papua New Guinea

Type locality: Wild Island, Admirality Islands.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.9.8.48, MCZ 144392 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differs from lugubris on the following points: Snout shorter. Male with 17 praeanal pores, forming a double-arched series. Tail cylindrical. Pinkish-brown above, head with small black spots. Limbs and sides of the back speckled with blackish. Tail with dark transverse bars; throat and breast speckled with brown (de Rooij 1915: 49).

Size: Length of head and body 51 mm.; tail 54 mm (de Rooij 1915: 49). 
CommentGroup: Member of Lepidodactylus group II. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pulcher” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ineich, I. 2008. A new arboreal Lepidodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu: from egg to holotype. Zootaxa 1918: 26–38 - 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
  • Taylor, E.H. 1922. The lizards of the Philippine Islands. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Science, Government of the Philippine Islands, Manila, Publication no. 17: 269 pp. - get paper here
  • Werner, F. 1913. Neue oder seltene Reptilien und Frösche des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. Reptilien der Ostafrika-Expedition der Hamburger Geographischen Gesellschaft 1911/12. Leiter: Dr. E. Obst. Reptilien und Amphibien von Formosa. Jb. Hamb. wiss. Anst., 30 [1912], 2. Beiheft: 1-39, 40-45, 45-51 - 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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