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Lygodactylus miops GÜNTHER, 1891

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Gunther's Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus miops GÜNTHER 1891: 287
Microscalabotes spinulifer BOETTGER 1913
Lygodactylus septemtuberculatus ANGEL 1942 (fide GLAW & VENCES 1994)
Lygodactylus (Domerguella) miops — PASTEUR 1964: 313
Lygodactylus septemtuberculatus — WERMUTH 1965: 108
Lygodactylus septemtuberculatus — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus miops — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) miops — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 285
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) septemtuberculatus — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) miops septemtuberculatus — KRÜGER 2001
Lygodactylus (Domerguella) miops — KRÜGER 2001
Lygodactylus miops — RÖLL et al. 2010 
DistributionMadagascar (Senbendrana)

Type locality: Senbendrana, E Madagascar

Type locality: Wald bei Moramanga [spinulifer and septemtuberculatus]  
TypesHolotype: BMNH RR.1946.8.22.55
Lectotype: SMF 8931 [spinulifer] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A common forest-dwelling species in the South East, Southern Central East, Northern Central East, and North East of Madagascar. It can clearly be assigned to the L. madagascariensis group by sharing the characters listed in the group definition above. L. miops differs from other species of the Lygodactylus madagascariensis group, by the number of typically five (vs. four) postpostmental scales. Further distinguished from L. madagascariensis, L. expectatus, and L. rarus by the presence of dorsolateral tubercles and lateral spines on the base of the tail (vs. absence); from L. expectatus by non-enlarged dorsolateral scales (vs. enlarged), from L. rarus by the absence of broad and distinct crossbands on tail (vs. presence), and from L. guibei by smaller dorsolateral tubercles and smaller spiny tubercles on tail base (vs. larger and more distinct tubercles).
CommentHabitat. According to Angel (1942), L. miops occurs in forest. In the Ranomafana area, specimens were found active during the day on tree trunks in rainforest and at night, sleeping on leaves at a perch height of about 1.5 m. At Nahampoana, specimens were active during the day on mossy rocks in rainforest (Puente et al. 2009). 
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Boettger, O. 1913. Reptilien und Amphibien von Madagascar, den Inseln und dem Festland Ostafrikas. Pp. 269-375. In: Voeltzkow, A. Reise in Ostafrika in den Jahren 1903-1905. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse. Vol. 3. Systematische Arbeiten. Schweizerbart’ sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Nägele und Sproesser, Stuttgart
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Glaw, F. 2004. Die Herpetofauna Madagaskars: Vielfalt, Lebensweise und Gefährdung. Draco 5 (19): 4-21 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1891. Eleventh Contribution to the Knowledge of the Fauna of Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 8: 287-288. - 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
  • Mertens, R. 1967. Die herpetologische Sektion des Natur-Museums und Forschungs-Institutes Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main nebst einem Verzeichnis ihrer Typen. Senckenbergiana Biologica 48: 1-106 - get paper here
  • Pasteur, G. 1965. Notes préliminaires sur les lygodactyles (gekkonidés). IV. Diagnoses de quelques formes africaines et malgaches. Bulletin du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 36: 311-314 [1964]
  • Pasteur, G., and C. P. Blanc. 1967. Les lézards du sous—genre malgache de lygodactyles Domerguella (gekkonidés). Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 92:583—597.
  • Pasteur, G., and C. P. Blanc. 1973. Nouvelles études sur les lygodactyles (sauriens gekkonidés). l. Données récentes sur Domerguella et sur ses rapports avec la phytogéographie malgache. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 98:165-174.
  • 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, B. 2013. Tagaktive Zwerggeckos der Gattung Lygodactylus - Lebensweise - Haltung - Nachzucht. Natur und Tier Verlag, 118 pp. - 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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