Lygodactylus intermedius PASTEUR, 1995
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus (Millotisaurus) intermedius PASTEUR 1995|
Lygodactylus (Millotisaurus) intermedius — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus intermedius — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus intermedius — GIPPNER et al. 2021
|Distribution||Madagascar (elevation 2550–2600 m)|
Type locality: dry highlands of Manjarivolo, 1800 m elevation in the mountain range of Andrianony, SO of Pic Boby.
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 1990.0050 and MNHN-RA 1990.0051-0104 paratypes|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. 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.|
|Comment||Habitat. According to Pasteur (1995) the species lives in rocky environments at high altitudes of 2550–2600 m.|
|Etymology||from the Latin adjective intermedius ("intermediate"), because of the intermediate morphology between L. montanus and L. mirabilis.|
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