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Lygodactylus montiscaeruli JACOBSEN, 1992

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Makgabeng Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus nigropunctatus montiscaeruli JACOBSEN 1992: 534
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus montiscaeruli — BRANCH 1998
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus montiscaeruli — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus montiscaeruli — BATES et al. 2014: 121
Lygodactylus montiscaeruli — TRAVERS et al. 2014 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Transvaal)

Type locality: Farm Beauley 260LR (23°4’S, 29°0’E), Bochum district, Transvaal (now Limpopo Province)  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 58995; paratypes: TM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: differing from L. nigropunctatus and L. incognitus in having chin shields numbering two or three, precloacal pores seven or eight and median subcaudals arranged 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, while it appears to be restricted in range to the Makgabeng hills and Blouberg. 
CommentDistribution: see map in Jacobsen 1992: 535 (Fig. 2). 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Jacobsen N H G. 1992. NEW LYGODACTYLUS TAXA (REPTILIA: GEKKONIDAE) FROM THE TRANSVAAL. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 43 (4): 527- 542. - get paper here
  • Kirchhof, S., M. Krämer, J. Linden & K. Richter 2010. The reptile species assemblage of the Soutpansberg (Limpopo Province, South Africa) and its characteristics. Salamandra 46 (3): 147-166 - get paper here
  • Mashinini, P. L. and Mahlangu, L. M. 2013. An annotated catalogue of the types of gekkonid lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the Herpetology collection of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, South Africa. Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 3: 165-181
  • 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
  • Travers, Scott L.; Todd R. Jackman, Aaron M. Bauer 2014. A molecular phylogeny of Afromontane dwarf geckos (Lygodactylus) reveals a single radiation and increased species diversity in a South African montane center of endemism. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
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