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Pachydactylus austeni HEWITT, 1923

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Austen Thick-toed Gecko, Austen’s Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus austeni HEWITT 1923
Pachydactylus austeni — LOVERIDGE 1947: 349
Pachydactylus austeni — WERMUTH 1965: 115
Pachydactylus austeni — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus austeni — RÖSLER 2000: 98
Pachydactylus austeni — BATES et al. 2014: 127 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (W Cape Province)

Type locality: Porth Nolloth, Little Namaqualand.  
TypesSyntype: PEM R12387 (formerly AMG 4662) 
CommentType not in South Africa fide SAMA catalog (Anonymous 1958). 
EtymologyNamed after Lieutenant Colonel Henry Homersham Godwin-Austen (1834-1923) English army topographer, geologist, surveyor, and ornithologist. He explored and surveyed the region ofthe Karakorum around K2 (formerly Mount Godwin-Austen) and wrote Birds ofA ssam (1870-1878). 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • Girard, F. 1997. Geographic distribution. Pachydactylus austeni. African Herp News (26):32. - get paper here
  • Girard, Francis 2002. Notes on the Size of the Terrestrial South African Gecko, Pachydactylus austeni Hewitt, 1923. Gekko 2 (2): 29-33
  • Hewitt, J. 1923. Descriptions of two new S. African geckos of the genus Pachydactylus. Annals of the Natal Museum 5:67-71
  • Hewitt, J. 1927. Further descriptions of reptiles and batrachians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3 (5): 371-415
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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