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Lygodactylus somalicus LOVERIDGE, 1935

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesLygodactylus somalicus battersbyi PASTEUR 1962
Lygodactylus somalicus somalicus LOVERIDGE 1935 
Common NamesE: Somali Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymLygodactylus somalicus somalicus LOVERIDGE 1935: 196
Lygodactylus somalicus annectens LOVERIDGE 1935: 197
Lygodactylus somalicus — KLUGE 1993
Lygodactylus (Lygodactylus) somalicus — RÖSLER 2000: 94
Lygodactylus somalicus — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 327
Lygodactylus somalicus — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus somalicus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 113

Lygodactylus somalicus battersbyi PASTEUR 1962
Lygodactylus somalicus battersbyi — KLUGE 1967
Lygodactylus somalicus battersbyi — LANZA 1988
Lygodactylus somalicus battersbyi — MAZUCH 2013 
DistributionSomalia, N Kenya, Ethiopia

annectens: “Buran District, on the British-Italian boundary between 10°5’ N and 10°50’N eastwards and southwards throughout Italian Somaliland”. Type locality: Buran District , elevation: 3100 feet, British Somaliland (fide LOVERIDGE 1935).

battersbyi: NE Kenya, NW/C/S Somalia

somalicus: NE Somalia

Type locality: Bar Madobe, Nogal Valley, elevation: 2300 feet, British Somaliland.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 35558 (somalicus)
Holotype: BMNH 268, paratype: MSNM [annectens]
Holotype: BMNH 1937.12.5.331, male [battersbyi] 
DiagnosisDescription: Loveridge 1947: 201. 
CommentLygodactylus somalicus howelli PASTEUR & BROADLEY 1988 hs been elevated to species status. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Somalia. 
  • Greer,A.E. 1967. The ecology and behavior of two sympatric Lygodactylus geckoes. Breviora (268): 1-19 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2006. Lizards of Ethiopia (Reptilia Sauria): an annotated checklist, bibliography, gazetteer and identification. Tropical Zoology 19 (1): 21-109 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Loveridge, A. 1935. New geckos of the genus Lygodactylus from Somaliland, Sudan, Kenya, and Tanganyika. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 48:195-200. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
  • Mazuch, Tomáš 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of Somaliland and Eastern Ethiopia. Tomáš Mazuch Publishing, 80 pp. ISBN: 978-80-905439-0-4 - get paper here
  • Parker, H. W. 1942. The lizards of British Somaliland. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 91: 1—101 - get paper here
  • Pasteur G; Broadley D G 1988. A remote, insular species of the Lygodactylus somalicus superspecies (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Amphibia-Reptilia 9 (3): 237-243 - get paper here
  • Pasteur, G. 1962. Notes préliminaires sur les lygodactyles (gekkonidés). II. Diagnose de quelques Lygodactylus d’Afrique. Bulletin l’Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, 24 :606—614.
  • 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
  • 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
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