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Lygodactylus intermedius PASTEUR, 1995

IUCN Red List - Lygodactylus intermedius - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLygodactylus (Millotisaurus) intermedius PASTEUR 1995
Lygodactylus (Millotisaurus) intermedius — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus intermedius — PUENTE et al. 2009: 38
Lygodactylus intermedius — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus intermedius — GIPPNER et al. 2021 
DistributionMadagascar (elevation 2550–2600 m)

Type locality: dry highlands of Manjarivolo, 1800 m elevation in the mountain range of Andrianony, SO of Pic Boby.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1990.0050 and MNHN-RA 1990.0051-0104 paratypes 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A relatively small species, endemic to high elevations on the Andringitra Massif. Assigned to the L. mirabilis group based on its keeled dorsal scales and clear ocellated/striated polymorphism of the dorsal pattern. Lygodactylus intermedius differs from L. mirabilis and L. blanci by the presence of a rudimentary first finger without a claw (vs. first finger absent in L. mirabilis and first finger present with claw in L. blanci). Diagnosis from L. montanus is less clear; L. intermedius differs from this species by being smaller (maximum SVL 30.9 mm vs. 37.5 mm), having seven preanal pores in males (vs. 8–11), and having keeled dorsal scales (versus partially keeled), but this latter difference is clearly a gradual one. (PUENTE et al. 2009) 
CommentHabitat. According to Pasteur (1995) the species lives in rocky environments at high altitudes of 2550–2600 m. 
Etymologyfrom the Latin adjective intermedius ("intermediate"), because of the intermediate morphology between L. montanus and L. mirabilis. 
  • Gippner, Sven, Scott L Travers, Mark D Scherz, Timothy J Colston, Mariana L Lyra, Ashwini V Mohan, Malte Multzsch, et al. 2021. A Comprehensive Phylogeny of Dwarf Geckos of the Genus Lygodactylus, with Insights into Their Systematics and Morphological Variation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107311 - get paper here
  • Krüger, Jens 2001. Die madagassischen Gekkoniden. Teil II: Die Geckos der Gattung Lygodactylus GRAY 1864 (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 3-28
  • Pasteur G 1995. Biodiversite et reptiles: diagnoses de sept nouvelles especes fossiles et actuelles du genre de lezards Lygodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae). [includes L. succinarius, an extinct species]. Dumerilia 2: 1-21
  • 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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