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Lygodactylus scheffleri STERNFELD, 1912

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesLygodactylus scheffleri compositus PASTEUR 1964
Lygodactylus scheffleri scheffleri STERNFELD 1912
Lygodactylus scheffleri ulugurensis PASTEUR 1964 
Common NamesE: Scheffler's Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus fischeri scheffleri STERNFELD 1912: 206
Lygodactylus fischeri scheffleri — LOVERIDGE 1920: 136
Lygodactylus scheffleri — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus scheffleri — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus scheffleri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 113

Lygodactylus scheffleri compositus PASTEUR 1964
Lygodactylus scheffleri compositus — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 9
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) scheffleri compositus— RÖSLER 2000: 94

Lygodactylus scheffleri ulugurensis PASTEUR 1964
Lygodactylus scheffleri ulugurensis — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 9
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) scheffleri ulugurensis— RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus ulugurensis — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus scheffleri ulugurensis — DE LISLE et al. 2013 
DistributionTanzania, Kenya

Type locality: Kibwezi [Kenya]

Type locality: Masiliwa, Nyaturu, Tanzania [scheffleri compositus]
Type locality: Vituri, Uluguru Mts., Tanzania [ulugurensis]  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 22712A, male (designated by PASTEUR 1965: 39); Paralectotype: ZMB 22712b, male; same data as lectotype.
Holotype: MCZ 30488, male [compositus]
Holotype: MCZ 24063, male [ulugurensis] 
CommentSubspecies: Lygodactylus scheffleri laterimaculatus PASTEUR 1964 has been elevated to full species level. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Mr. Scheffler. 
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  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Brygoo, E. R. 1990. Les types de Gekkonidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle Catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist. Nat. 12 (ser. 4) A (3-4), suppl.: 19-141
  • Loveridge, A. 1920. Notes on East African lizards collected 1915-1919, with description of a new genus and species of skink and new subspecies of gecko. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1920: 131-167 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1923. Notes on East African lizards collected 1920-1923 with the description of two new races of Agama lionotus Blgr. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1923: 935-969 - get paper here
  • Muchai, Vincent & Patrick Malonza 2011. The reptiles and amphibians of Kibwezi Forest, Ngulia and Chyulu Hills. Kenya Past and Present (39): 45-49 - get paper here
  • Pasteur,G. 1964. Recherches sur l'évolution des lygodactyles, lézards Afro-Malagaches actuels. Trav. Inst. Scient. Chérif., Ser. Zool., No. 29: 1-132 [1965]
  • Röll, B. 2013. Tagaktive Zwerggeckos der Gattung Lygodactylus - Lebensweise - Haltung - Nachzucht. Natur und Tier Verlag, 118 pp. - get paper here
  • Roll, Beate. 2005. Variability in a common species: The Lygodactylus capensis complex from Southern and Eastern Africa (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). In: African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems, edited by Bernhard A. Huber, Bradley J. Sinclair, and Karl-Heinz L Springer, USA - 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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  • Spawls, S. & Rotich, D. 1997. An annotated checklist of the lizards of Kenya. J. East African Nat. Hist. 86: 61-83
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1912. IV. Zoologie II. Lfg. Reptilia. In: Schubotz., R. (ed.): Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Afrika Expedition 1907- 1908, unter Führung A. Friedrichs, Herzogs zu Mecklenburg. Klinkhard und Biermann, Leipzig: 197-279 [published 1912, not 1913, as often cited, see Männel & Kucharzewski 2017] - get paper here
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