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Lygodactylus lawrencei HEWITT, 1926

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Lawrence's Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus lawrencei HEWITT 1926: 478
Lygodactylus picturatus lawrencei — LOVERIDGE 1947: 223
Lygodactylus lawrencei — WERMUTH 1965: 104
Lygodactylus lawrencei — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) lawrencei — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus lawrencei — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus lawrencei — MARQUES et al. 2018 
DistributionN Namibia, S Angola (Namibe)

Type locality: Otjitambi/Kaokoveld, Southwest Africa.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: SAM; other material in CAS, MHNC-UP/REP (Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade do Porto) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Lygodactylus lawrencei is small dwarf gecko with a maximum SVL of 30 mm. It can be distinguished from other members of the genus occurring in Angola and surrounding regions by having 1) three scales surrounding the nostril (1st supralabial, two supranasals); 2) nostrils separated from the rostral and pierced between supranasal and first labial; 3) mental followed by two postmentals; 4) first infralabial with < 25% overlap with postpostmental; 5) 16 to 17 rows of ventral scales at midbody; 6) only two precloacal pores in males; 7) subcaudals arranged in rows of imbricate scales about 1⁄3 (but mostly subequal) of width of tail (Fig. 4D); 8) venter white to cream; 9) black chevron markings on the gular region. Background usually ashy-grey with thin dark bands, usually broken. A large streak is visible from nostril to the forelimb insertion, passing through the eye. Often a pale chestnut lateral stripe is visible, extending from the neck to the anterior half of the tail. The Angolan individual has a very faded chevron pattern in the gular region (Fig. 18, Marques et al. 2020: 340). 
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References
  • Anonymous 1958. A List of Zoological and Botanical Types preserved in collections in Southern and East Africa. Volume I - Zoology, Part 1. South African Museums' Association, Pretoria, i-vi, 1-147. - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1926. Some new or little-known reptiles and batrachians from South Africa. Annals of the South African Museum 20: 473—490
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
  • Marques MP, CerÍaco LMP, Buehler MD, Bandeira SA, Janota JM, Bauer AM 2020. A revision of the Dwarf Geckos, genus Lygodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae), from Angola, with the description of three new species. Zootaxa 4853 (3): 301–352 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • 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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