Pachydactylus atorquatus BAUER & BARTS & HULBERT, 2006
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Augrabies Gecko, Good’s Gecko (P. goodi)|
|Synonym||Pachydactylus atorquatus BAUER & BARTS & HULBERT 2006|
Pachydactylus goodi BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH 2006: 679
Pachydactylus weberi — BAUER & LAMB 2005 (part.)
Pachydactylus goodi — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Pachydactylus goodi — BATES et al. 2014: 131
Pachydactylus atorquatus — BATES et al. 2014: 126
|Distribution||South Africa (Northern Cape Province, Augrabies National Park)|
Type locality: South Africa, Northern Cape Province, Augrabies National Park, Dassie Trail, in a sheltered depression on the plateau (28°35’15.6” S, 20°20’03.0” E), 619 m elevation
goodi: Republic of South Africa (Northern Cape Province); Type locality: South Africa, Northern Cape Province, 10 km S Vioolsdrif.
|Types||Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 84939, adult male; Paratypes: ZFMK, TM, NMNW|
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 27962 (Fig. 113): Adult male; coll. W.D.Haacke, December 1962. PARATYPES: TM, CAS [goodi]
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS (goodi): Alarge species, to 50.0 mm SVL. Pachydactylus goodi may be distinguished from all other members of the P. serval/weberi group by the combination of the following characters: nasal region not strongly inflated laterally; rostral excluded from nostril; supranasals in contact anteriorly; scales on snout and canthus flattened to weakly domed, those of interorbital and parietal regions tiny, granular, with larger, rounded, conical tubercles interspersed; scales on snout equal to or greater than size to interorbital tubercles; dorsal scalation heterogeneous, with relatively large, oval, strongly keeled tubercles arranged in approximately 16–18 regular rows; large keeled to mucronate tubercles on thighs; toes relatively short, toe pads relatively narrow; five undivided lamellae beneath digit IVof pes; tail to at least 113% of SVL, annulate, bearing whorls of large, pointed, strongly keeled tubercles, separated from each other by a single, narrow scale row; adult pattern chocolate to purplish-brown with a series of three very bold, white, complete transverse bands with well-defined, thick, dark brown margins: one from posteroventral margin of orbits across nape, one at mid-body and one presacral; white markings also present on the dorsum of thighs and on proximal forelimbs and forelimb insertions;tail with alternating mid-brown and white to cream, dark edged bands (Figs 113–115 in Bauer et al. 2006); juvenile pattern as adult (Fig. 116 in Bauer et al. 2006).|
|Comment||Distribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011.|
Synonymy: Šmíd et al. 2018 synonymized P. goodi with P. atorquatus.
|Etymology||Named after the fact that it is the only member of the Pachydactylus weberi group that never possesses a pale nape band or collar: atorquatus, Latin for “without a collar or necklace”. Although absent or faded in the adults of some other members of the group, a collar is present in hatchlings and juveniles of all other species in the group.|
P. goodi was named after David A. Good who, with the first and third authors, performed a herpetofaunal survey of the Richtersveld and collected much of the material of the P. weberi group from along the lower Orange Valley during the mid-1990s.
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