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Pachydactylus acuminatus FITZSIMONS, 1941

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPachydactylus weberi acuminatus FITZSIMONS 1941
Pachydactylus Weberi WERNER in MICHAELSEN 1915: 334
Pachydactylus weberi weberi (?) — FITZSIMONS 1938: 181 (part)
Pachydactylus weberi acuminatus — FITZSIMONS 1941: 274
Pachydactylus weberi — FITZSIMONS 1943: 90
Pachydactylus weberi acuminatus — LOVERIDGE 1947: 393
Pachydactylus weberi acuminatus — WERMUTH 1965: 123
Pachydactylus weberi acuminatus — GIRARD 2002
Pachydactylus acuminatus — BAUER et al. 2006 
DistributionNamibia (Lüderitz, Bethanie, Keetmanshoop, Maltahöhe, Swakopmund Districts)

Type locality: Aus and Konkiep, Great Namaqualand, Southwest Africa.  
TypesSyntypes: DNMNH 17689–91, 17693–17695 (Fig. 67): coll. V. FitzSimons, 31 July 1937 (formerly DNMNH (= TM = Transvaal Museum) 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS.—A large species, to 50.2 mm SVL. Pachydactylus acuminatus may be distinguished from all other members of the P. serval/weberi group by the combination of the following characters: nostril rim not strongly inflated, rostral excluded from nostril; supranasals in contact anteriorly; scales on snout and canthus flattened to weakly domed, much larger than those of interorbital and parietal regions, which include tiny granules intermixed with small, weakly-conical tubercles; dorsal scalation highly heterogeneous, with small, oval, weakly to moderately keeled tubercles in 14–18 regular to irregular rows, smallest middorsally and on anterior third of body (approximately 3–5 times size of adjacent granules); thighs and shanks bearing enlarged conical to mucronate tubercles; toes relatively short, toe pads relatively wide (1.5–2.0 times width of proximal part of digit); typically 6 undivided lamellae beneath digit IVof pes; tail to at least 97% SVL, annulate, may be expanded greatly basally in association with fat storage, bearing whorls of small, rounded, very weakly-keeled, well-separated tubercles; adult pattern of yellowish- to pinkish-brown with traces of three wide transverse bands (on nape, trunk anterior to midbody, and sacrum) augmented by irregular brown blotches and spots, some with light centers, between bands, sometimes obscuring banding (see also Visser 1984:48); hatchlings and juveniles with broad, pale (white to grayish), dark-edged bandlumbar region (see also Visser 1984: 49), occasionaly with one or more additional pale bands on trunk.
CommentSynonymy partly after WERMUTH 1965.

Distribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011. 
  • Bauer, Aaron M. Lamb, Trip. Branch, William R. 2006. A revision of the Pachydactylus serval and P. weberi groups (Reptilia: Gekkota: Gekkonidae) of Southern Africa, with the description of eight new species. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 57 (12-24):595-709. - get paper here
  • Branch, William R.; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman, and Matthew Heinicke 2011. A New Species of the Pachydactylus weberi Complex (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Namibrand Reserve, Southern Namibia. Breviora (524): 1-15. - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1941. Descriptions of some new lizards from South Africa and a frog from southern Rhodesia. Annals Transvaal Mus. 20 (3): 273-281 - get paper here
  • Girard, Francis 2002. Maintenance and Captive Reproduction of Two Small, South African Geckos Pachydactylus geitje (SPARRMAN, 1778) and Pachydactylus weberi Raux, 1907. Gekko 3 (1): 14-18
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - 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
  • 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
  • VISSER, J. 1984. Tierboskat-geitjes kies klipperige woonplek. Akkedisse van Suider-Afrika 7. Landbouweek- blad, 27 April 1984:48–49, 51, 53
  • Werner,F. 1915. Reptilia und Amphibia. In: Michaelsen,W.: Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Land- und Süsswasserfauna Deutsch-Südwestafrikas III, pp. 325-376 - get paper here
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