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Lygodactylus rex BROADLEY, 1963

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: King Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus rex BROADLEY 1963
Lygodactylus rex — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) rex — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus rex — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus rex — TRAVERS et al. 2014 
DistributionMalawi (S Mulange), Mozambique (Namuli Massif)

Type locality: Lujeri Estate, at the foot of Mlanje Mountain (approx. 2,500 feet), Nyasaland.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 4250: an adult-male. Collected by D. G. Broadley and L. Balarin, December 23, 1962. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. This is the largest species in the genus, adults measuring 40-50 mm. from snout to vent. The only species of comparable size are L. angularis (maximum 46 mm.) and L. picturatus (max. 4 mm.), both of which have an entire mental and transversely enlarged subcaudals. L. rex belongs to the L. capensis group, having a mental with short lateral fissures (as in L. bernardi) and subequal subcaudals. The conspicuous eye-spot above the shoulder in this species is quite distinctive. 
  • Branch, B. & Ryan, P.G. 2001. Additions to the Mozambique Herpetofauna: two new lizards from the Namuli Massif. Herpetological Review 32 (4): 281-282 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1963. Three new lizards from South Nyasaland and Tete. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (12) 6:285—288. - get paper here
  • PORTIK, DANIEL M.; SCOTT L. TRAVERS, AARON M. BAUER, WILLIAM R. BRANCH 2013. A new species of Lygodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) endemic to Mount Namuli, an isolated ‘sky island’ of northern Mozambique. Zootaxa 3710 (5): 415–435 - 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
  • 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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