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Lygodactylus montanus PASTEUR, 1965

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Mount Ivohibe Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus montanus PASTEUR 1965
Lygodactylus montanus — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus montanus — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 284
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) montanus — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus montanus — RÖLL et al. 2010 
DistributionSE Madagascar

Type locality: Summit of Mount Ivohibé, SE Madagascar, 2100 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1956.0071 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A large species, endemic to high elevations on Ivohibe mountain and on the Andohahela/Anosy chains. Assigned to the L. mirabilis group based on its partially keeled dorsal scales and ocellated/striated polymorphism of the dorsal pattern. L. montanus differs from L. mirabilis by being larger (maximum SVL 37.5 mm vs. 29.3 mm), having more preanal pores in males (8–11 vs. 7), having a small but well developed first finger with claw (vs. first finger absent), and by having partially keeled dorsal scales (vs. fully keeled). It differs from L. intermedius by being larger (maximum SVL 37.5 mm vs. 30.9 mm), by having 8–11 preanal pores in males (vs. seven), and having partially keeled dorsal scales (versus fully keeled). It differs from L. blanci by absence of a claw on the first finger (vs. presence).
CommentNot listed for Tanzania by BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991. PASTEUR’s paper was published only in 1965 although the journal was labeled “1964”.

Habitat. According to Pasteur (1964) this species lives on rocks. At Andohahela, we found specimens during cloudy weather under stones which were laying on large and rather smooth outcrops of granitic rock. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “montanus”, meaning “pertaining to mountains. 
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Krüger, Jens 2001. Die madagassischen Gekkoniden. Teil II: Die Geckos der Gattung Lygodactylus GRAY 1864 (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 3-28
  • 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]
  • 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. 2018. Tagaktive, kleine Geckos – die Gattung Lygodactylus. Reptilia 23 (132): 16-23
  • 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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