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Lygodactylus angolensis BOCAGE, 1896

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Angola Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus angolensis BOCAGE 1896
Lygodactylus laurae SCHMIDT 1933
Lygodactylus angolensis — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus angolensis — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 9
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) angolensis — RÖSLER 2000: 92
Lygodactylus angolensis — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus angolensis — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 100 
DistributionE Angola, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Republic of South Africa, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire),
Mozambique, N Botswana ?, NE Namibia

Type locality: Hanha, Benguela, Angola.  
TypesHolotype: lost, was MB (Museu Bocage) (probably lost in fire 1978) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Lygodactylus angolensis is small dwarf gecko with a maximum SVL of 34 mm. It can be distinguished from other members of the genus occurring in Angola and the surrounding regions by having 1) three scales surrounding the nostril (one supranasal, 1st supralabial, one postnasal); 2) nostrils separated from the rostral and pierced above the suture between rostral and first supralabial; 3) mental followed by three postmentals; 4) first infralabial < 25% overlap with postpostmental; 5) 19 to 21 rows of ventral scales; 6) between 7 and 10 precloacal pores in males; 7) median subcaudals arranged in an irregular pattern of one row of scales about 1⁄3 width of the tail alternating with two rows (sometimes just one) of scales of about 1⁄2 the width of the tail (Fig. 4A); 8) venter cream; 9) without markings on the gular region. The background coloration is usually light grey or light olive-brown. Some individuals have a dark stripe from the snout, through the eye, ending near the forearm insertion. The upper flank is marked with a series of pale spots forming a pale light line. These spots are usually edged with a dark mark above and below sometimes yielding the appearance of an ocellus (Figs. 6–7, Marques et al. 2020: 324).

Diagnosis (laurae): Allied to Lygodactylus cajJensis in having the mental
plate 3-lobed; distinguished by larger scales on the under surfaces of the thighs, and preanal pores 9 to 10 instead of 5 (Schmidt 1933: 5). 
CommentDistribution: Not listed for Botswana by AUERBACH 1987. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Angola. 
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  • Bittencourt-Silva GB. 2019. Herpetological survey of western Zambia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [Special Section]: 1-28 (e181) - get paper here
  • Bocage, J. V. Barboza du. 1896. Mammiferos, aves e reptis da Hanha, no sertào de Benguella. Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas, Physîcas e Naturaes, Lisboa (2) 14: 105-114. - get paper here
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