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Pachydactylus capensis (SMITH, 1846)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cape Gecko, Cape Thick-toed Gecko 
SynonymTarentola capensis SMITH 1846: 50
Pachydactylus elegans GRAY 1845 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Pachydactylus capensis — SMITH 1849
Pachydactylus capensis — BOULENGER 1885: 202
Pachydactylus obscurus [THOMINOT 1889]
Pachydactylus tessellatus WERNER 1910 (non P. laevigatus tesselatus FITZS.)
Pachydactylus leopardinus STERNFELD 1911: 418 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Pachydactylus mentalis HEWITT 1926: 475 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Pachydactylus capensis levyi FITZSIMONS 1933
Pachydactylus capensis capensis — FITZSIMONS 1935: 528
Pachydactylus capensis levyi — LOVERIDGE 1947
Pachydactylus capensis — FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Pachydactylus capensis levyi — WERMUTH 1965: 117
Pachydactylus capensis capensis — AUERBACH 1987: 83
Pachydactylus capensis — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus capensis — RÖSLER 2015
Pachydactylus capensis — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (S Longhope, Great Fish River), Lesotho, Congo (Upemba See/Mabwe), Democratic Republic of the Congo = Zaire (Shaba), Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique (Lake Nyassa), Malawi, Zambia

Type locality: South Africa.  
TypesType: BMNH 1865.5.4.51 (and possibly additional specimens).
Syntypes (2): PEM R8453, R8375 (formerly AMG 5008) [mentalis] 
DiagnosisDescription (levyi): Loveridge 1947: 386 
CommentThe former subspecies oshaughnessyi and katanganus have been elevated to full species and subspecies of oshaughnessyi, respectively. P. c. tigrinus and P. c. vansoni also have been elevated to full species. Not corrected for the removal of oshaughnessyi.

Variation: this species is quite variable; see Barts et al. 2013 for a series of photos illustrating pattern and color variants. 
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  • Barts, M., J. BOONE & F. MÜLLER 2013. Die Dickfingergeckos des südlichen Afrikas – Teil XIV: Der Kap-Dickfingergecko Pachydactylus capensis (SMITH, 1846). Sauria 35 (1): 31-44 - get paper here
  • Bates, M. F. 1988. Life History Note: Pachydactylus capensis capensis: Aggressive behaviour. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (34): 49-49 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Bauer, A.M. & Lamb, T. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of southern African geckos in the Pachydactylus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae). African Journal of Herpetology 54 (2): 105-129 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M., and Lamb, T. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships among members of the Pachydactylus capensis group of southern African geckos. African Zoology 37: 209-220. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1896. Descriptions of two new lizards from the Transvaal. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 17: 21—22 - get paper here
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  • 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
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • CONRADIE, W., DOUCETTE-RIISE, S., VANHOOYDONCK, B., ENGELBRECHT, H., MEASEY, G.J., & TOLLEY, K. 2011. Herpetological survey of Rooipoort Nature Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa. African Herp News (53): 35-41 - get paper here
  • Conradie, Werner; Brian Reeves , Neil Brown, & Jan A. Venter 2016. Herpetofauna of the Oviston, Commando Drift and Tsolwana nature reserves in the arid interior of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Indago 32: 81-98 - get paper here
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  • FitzSimons, V. F. 1935. Notes on a collection of reptiles and amphibians made in the Southern Kalahari, Bushmanland, and Great and Little Namaqualand. Annals Transvaal Mus., Pretoria 17: 519-550 - get paper here
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