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Lygodactylus pauliani PASTEUR & BLANC, 1991

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLygodactylus pauliani PASTEUR & BLANC 1991
Lygodactylus pauliani — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus pauliani — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 284
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) pauliani — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus pauliani — PUENTE et al. 2009
Lygodactylus pauliani — RÖLL et al. 2010 
DistributionSE Madagascar

Type locality: Ambatomenaloha, 1600 m elevation, Masif de l’Itremo, 75 km W Ambositra.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1990.0007 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A poorly known species, probably endemic to the Itremo Massif. Lygodactylus pauliani differs from species in the L. madagascariensis group by the semi-divided mental and three postmentals (vs. undivided with two postmentals) and by the presence (vs. absence) of a claw on the first finger; from the species in the L. pictus group by having three postmental scales (vs. usually two); from the species in the L. mirabilis group by granular (vs. keeled or partially keeled) dorsal scales; from the species in the L. verticillatus group by a non-whorled tail (vs. whorled); from L. ornatus by the absence (vs. presence) of transversal lines on the throat; and from L. tolampyae by the rather indistinct contact between posterior part of mental and first infralabial (vs. very distinct and broad contact). (Puente et al. 2009) 
CommentL. pauliani differs from all other species in this supergroup by its unregenerated tail bearing ventral scales marked by subregular alternating (quincunxial) arrangement, rather than periodic scale motifs repeated with vertebrae. In Madagascar, only Lygodactylus tuberifer, from another supergroup, has also staggered undertail scales, but L. tuberifer has neither three symetrically polygonal postmentals nor long contacts between first infralabials and the rear lobe of the mental plate, two usual traits of L. pauliani's.

Habitat: under stones in sandy grassland and in rocky areas with bushes.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologydedicated to Renaud Paulian. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Pasteur, G., and C. P. Blanc. 1991. Un lézard parthénogénétique à Madagascar? Description de Lygodactylus pauliani sp. no. (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). Bulletin du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 13:209-215
  • 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, 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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