Lygodactylus lawrencei HEWITT, 1926
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Lawrence's Dwarf Gecko|
|Synonym||Lygodactylus 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
|Distribution||N Namibia, S Angola (Namibe)|
Type locality: Otjitambi/Kaokoveld, Southwest Africa.
|Types||Holotype: SAM; other material in CAS, MHNC-UP/REP (Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade do Porto)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. 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).|
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Reginald Frederick "Lawrie" Lawrence (1897-1987), an entomologist who worked at the South African Museum from 1922 and graduated from the University of Cape Town (1928). He was Director, Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg (1935-1964) and continued researching at the Albany Museum.|
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