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Lygodactylus incognitus JACOBSEN, 1992

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cryptic Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus JACOBSEN 1992: 531
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus soutpansbergensis JACOBSEN 1994
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus — BRANCH 1998
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) nigropunctatus incognitus — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus — KIRCHHOF et al. 2010
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus — BATES et al. 2014: 120
Lygodactylus incognitus — TRAVERS et al. 2014
Lygodactylus incognitus — PETFORD & ALEXANDER 2020 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Transvaal)

Type locality: Farm Outlook, 789MS (22°59’S, 29°51’E), Soutpansberg district, Transvaal (now Limpopo Province)  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 59058; Paratypes: TM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Very similar to typical nigropunctatus, differing in having exclusively two postmental scales, precloacal pores mostly (87.5 %) eight or nine and lower labials six, rarely five or seven. Apparently restricted to the Soutpansberg. The black dorsolateral spots are relatively indistinct. 
CommentSee also: Lygodactylus nigropunctatus soutpansbergensis JACOBSEN 1992. 
EtymologyThe (sub-) specific name refers to the poorly marked and difficult to recognise
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Jacobsen N H G. 1992. NEW LYGODACTYLUS TAXA (REPTILIA: GEKKONIDAE) FROM THE TRANSVAAL. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 43 (4): 527- 542. - get paper here
  • Kirchhof, S., M. Krämer, J. Linden & K. Richter 2010. The reptile species assemblage of the Soutpansberg (Limpopo Province, South Africa) and its characteristics. Salamandra 46 (3): 147-166 - get paper here
  • Mashinini, P. L. and Mahlangu, L. M. 2013. An annotated catalogue of the types of gekkonid lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the Herpetology collection of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, South Africa. Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 3: 165-181
  • Petford, M.A. and Alexander, G.J. 2020. Microhabitat selection and niche partitioning in two syntopic geckos. Austral Ecology. doi:10.1111/aec.12857 - get paper here
  • Petford, MA & GJ Alexander 2021. Diel Activity Patterns of Two Syntopic Range-Restricted Geckos Suggest Idiosyncratic Responses to Climate Change. African Zoology Oct 2021 Vol. 56, No. 3: 202-212 - get paper here
  • Röll, B. 2018. Tagaktive, kleine Geckos – die Gattung Lygodactylus. Reptilia 23 (132): 16-23
  • 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
  • Travers, Scott L.; Todd R. Jackman, Aaron M. Bauer 2014. A molecular phylogeny of Afromontane dwarf geckos (Lygodactylus) reveals a single radiation and increased species diversity in a South African montane center of endemism. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
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