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Lygodactylus decaryi ANGEL, 1930

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Angel's Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus decaryi ANGEL 1930
Lygodactylus decaryi — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus decaryi — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 282
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) decaryi — RÖSLER 2000: 92
Lygodactylus decaryi — PUENTE et al. 2009: 51
Lygodactylus decaryi —RÖLL et al. 2010 
DistributionS Madagascar (SE/Massif de l'Angavo)

Type locality: Massif Angavo, 400 m elevation, Province Fort Dauphin, S Madagascar.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1930.0271 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Lygodactylus decaryi is a very poorly known species from dry areas in the South of Madagascar that we here assign to the L. verticillatus group although the state of its tail (whorled or not) is uncertain pending further study (see below). It differs from other species of the group as follows: from all species in the group by the number of 15 preanal pores in males (vs. 9–11, rarely 6, in the other species); from L. heterurus and L. klemmeri by the absence (vs. presence) of distinct and well-defined longitudinal dark lines on the throat; from L. arnoulti and L. blanci by the smaller body size (mean SVL 25.1 vs. 30.2 and 30.3 mm); from L. blanci by the absence of a dense pattern of black spots on the throat (vs. presence); from L. arnoulti by an undefined dorsal pattern (vs. well-defined pattern of grey with indistinct ocellae or regularly arranged transversal dark lines or markings). From external characters, L. decaryi appears to be close to L. verticillatus, and a more detailed revision of these two species is necessary to understand their differentiation. If the tail of L. decaryi would be confirmed to be not whorled, it may also result to be related to the L. mirabilis group (but it has granular dorsal scales) or to L. tolampyae. (PUENTE et al. 2009) 
CommentHabitat. According to Angel (1930) the holotype was found in a subdesertic region, at an elevation of 400 m above see level, in arid savannah. The specimen was collected under tree bark. 
Etymologydedicated to the collector, Raymond Decary: “Matériaux de la Mission R. Decary, en 1926.” 
  • Angel, F. 1930. Sur un lézard nouveau de Madagascar, appartenant au genre Lygodactylus. (Matériaux de la mission R. Decary, en 1926). Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 55: 253—255.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Krüger, Jens 2001. Die madagassischen Gekkoniden. Teil II: Die Geckos der Gattung Lygodactylus GRAY 1864 (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 3-28
  • PUENTE, MARTA; FRANK GLAW, DAVID R. VIEITES & MIGUEL VENCES 2009. Review of the systematics, morphology and distribution of Malagasy dwarf geckos, genera Lygodactylus and Microscalabotes (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2103: 1-76 - get paper here
  • Röll, Beate; Heike Pröhl, Klaus-Peter Hoffmann 2010. Multigene phylogenetic analysis of Lygodactylus dwarf geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (1): 327-335 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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