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Lygodactylus conraui TORNIER, 1902

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cameroon Dwarf Gecko
G: Conraus Zwergtaggecko 
SynonymLygodactylus conraui TORNIER 1902
Lygodacutylus [sic] strongi BARBOUR & LOVERIDGE 1927
Lygodactylus conraui — LOVERIDGE 1947
Lygodactylus conraui — WERMUTH 1965: 103
Lygodactylus conraua [sic] — SCOTT 1977
Lygodactylus conraui — KLUGE 1993: 20
Lygodactylus conraui — RÖSLER 1995: 131
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) conraui — RÖSLER 2000: 92
Lygodactylus conraui — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012 
DistributionCameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin (BAUER et al. 2006), Gabon, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Type locality: Bipindi, Cameroon, and Fernando Poo (= Bioko).  
TypesSyntype: MCZ R-21935
Holotype: MCZ 22578 [strongi] 
DiagnosisDescription: body bright green with black-bordered white spots on the sides. 
CommentDistribution: Not in Gabon fide PAUWELS & VANDE WEGHE 2008.

Synonymy: following Wermuth 1965 and Kluge 1993. 
EtymologyNamed after Gustav Conrau (d. 1899), a German trader, colonial recruiting agent, explorer, and, collector in Cameroon. He was killed by local tribesmen in Bangwa. See Beolens et al. 2011: 58 for more details. 
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