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Lepidodactylus woodfordi BOULENGER, 1887

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Woodford's Scaly-toed Gecko 
SynonymLepidodactylus woodfordi — BOULENGER 1887
Lepidodactylus woodfordi — BOULENGER 1887: 487
Lepidodactylus woodfordi — DE ROOIJ 1915: 51
Lepidodactylus woodfordi — WERMUTH 1965: 100
Lepidodactylus lugubris — PASTEUR et al. 1987
Lepidodactylus lugubris — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus woodfordi — RÖSLER 2000: 91 
DistributionPapua New Guinea, Solomon Islands

Type locality: Faro Island, Solomon Islands.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.22.34 ( 
DiagnosisDescription: Closely allied to guppyi, from which it differs on the following points: Digits without distinct web. Tail a little depressed, rounded. Male with 25 femoral and praeanal pores (de Rooij 1915: 51).

Coloration: Grey above, with zigzag black cross bands, bordered with light posteriorly, six between the nape and the base of the tail; a black streak from the nostril to the neck, passing through the eye and above the ear. Lower parts whitish (de Rooij 1915: 51).

Size: Length of head and body 40 mm.; tail 38 mm (de Rooij 1915: 51). 
CommentGroup: Member of Lepidodactylus group III.

Synonymy: Due to similarity with L. lugubris, the validity of this species has been questioned. However, L. woodfordi appears to be bisexual and therefore distinct from at least the widespread parthenogenetic forms of L. lugubris. 
EtymologyNamed after Charles Morris Woodford (1852-1927), an adventurer, naturalist, and philatelist and the Resident Commissioner, Solomon Islands Protectorate (1896-1914). 
  • 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. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Second contribution to the herpetology of the Solomon islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1887: 333-340 - 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
  • 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
  • McCoy, M. 2006. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Pensoft Series Faunistica 57, 212 pp.
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - 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
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