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Pachydactylus fasciatus BOULENGER, 1888

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Striped Thick-toed Gecko, Banded Thick-toed Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus fasciatus BOULENGER 1888
Pachydactylus fasciatus — LOVERIDGE 1947
Pachydactylus fasciatus — WERMUTH 1965: 118
Pachydactylus fasciatus — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus fasciatus — RÖSLER 1995: 136
Pachydactylus fasciatus — BAUER et al. 2006
Pachydactylus fasciatus — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNW Namibia (S Kaokoveld through the Karibib District; Khorixas, Omaruru), usually above 1000 m elevation

Type locality: Namaqualand.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.25.99 (designated by Bauer and Branch 1991) 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. A large (to 56.0 mm SVL) member of the P. serval/weberi clade that may be distinguished from all other members of this group by the combination of the following characters: rostral and sometimes first supralabial excluded from nostril; supranasals separated or in narrow to moderate contact anteriorly; scales on snout domed to conical, those on interorbital and parietal regions much smaller, granular, intermixed with tubercles approximately same size as snout scales; entire dorsum covered with enlarged, strongly keeled tubercles, regularly arranged in 16 (most commonly)–18 rows; thighs tuberculate; toe pads moderately broadly expanded, digits relatively long, slender; typically 5 undivided lamellae beneath digit IV of pes; tail to 115% SVL or more, bearing whorls of sharply keeled tubercles, often abutting one another; adult pattern consisting of well-defined broad, dark-edged, light saddle-shaped bands alternating with darker interspaces (see also color photos in M. Griffin 1998, fig. 2.75; Barts 2002). The lighter bands are cream to pinkish or grayish and the darker interspaces orange to russet to midbrown, with dark brown edges separating the two; juvenile pattern as adults, but especially boldly contrasting bands usually cream to pale yellow and dark chocolate brown and often less obviously saddle-shaped than in adults [from BAUER et al. 2006]. 
CommentCONSERVATION STATUS.—Pachydactylus fasciatus is not known to occur in any Namibian national parks, except perhaps Gross Barmen Hot Springs, although it is present in a number of community-based conservancies which may offer some measure of protection. Where it occurs P. fasciatusis locally abundant and we do not consider it under any immediate threat. However, this is one of few members of the group that are offered for sale in the herpetocultural trade.

Distribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011. 
  • Barts, M. 2002. Die Dickfingergeckos des südlichen Afrikas Teil II. Die Haltung und Vermehrung des Gebänderten Dickfingergeckos, Pachydactylus fasciatus BOULENGER 1888. Sauria 24 (1): 3-8 - get paper here
  • Bauer A M; Branch W R 1991. Notes on Pachydactylus fasciatus, a poorly known gecko from northern Namibia. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 39: 1-5 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. & Lamb, T. 2003. A new species of the Pachydactylus weberi-group (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Waterberg Plateau, Namibia. Cimbebasia 19: 1-12
  • Bauer, A.M., Lamb, A.C., and Branch, W.R. 2000. Additional records of uncommon Pachydactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from northern and central Namibia. African Herp News (30): 2-3 [1999] - get paper here
  • 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
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1888. On new or little known South African reptiles. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 2: 136-141 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hewitt, J. 1927. Further descriptions of reptiles and batrachians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3 (5): 371-415
  • HUBER, R., BARTS, M., & SCHNEIDER, C. 2011. Pachydactylus fasciatus Boulenger, 1888. African Herp News (55): 22-24 - 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, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • SCHNEIDER, C. 2010. Pachydactylus fasciatus (Boulenger, 1888) Reproduction. African Herp News (51): 17-18 - get paper here
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