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Pachydactylus griffini BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPachydactylus griffini BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH 2006: 667
Pachydactylus purcelli — METHUEN & HEWITT 1914: 131 (part.)
Pachydactylus serval — BAUER & LAMB 2005: 116 (part.)
Pachydactylus griffini — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Pachydactylus griffini — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionSE Namibia (Karasberg Mountains), elevation > 1000 m.

Type locality: Namibia, Karas Region, Keetmanshoop District, 4 mi NWAroab on rd. to Keetmanshoop.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 125855 (Fig. 90 in Bauer et al. 2006): Subadult female, coll. T.J. Papenfuss, 13 May 1970. Paratypes: CAS, MCZ, TM 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. A small species, to 39.4 mm SVL. Pachydactylus griffini may be distinguished from all other members of the P. serval/weberi group by the combination of the following characters: snout strongly inflated laterally; rostral enters nostril; supranasals in narrow or broad contact; scales on dorsum of head uniform and granular, those on snout larger than those of interorbital region; no tubercles on parietal table; dorsal scalation largely homogeneous, with small, scattered, flattened, weakly keeled tubercles in four rows, two on each dorsolateral margin of abdomen and sacrum; thighs without tubercles; toes relatively long, slender, toe pads relatively wide; five undivided lamellae beneath digit IV of pes; tail to at least 88% of SVL (no adult specimens with original tail), weakly annulate, bearing whorls of small, weakly keeled, pointed tubercles with striated surfaces, usually separated from each other by single scales; adult pattern of small, mostly rounded, spots evenly distributed across dorsum, with some trace of two transverse, thin, dark lines or rows of spots across occiput and nape (Figs. 90–91 in Bauer et al. 2006); juvenile pattern as adult, this is the only member of the group to have spotted hatchlings and juveniles (Fig. 92 in Bauer et al. 2006). 
CommentHABITAT: Methuen and Hewitt reported that TM 3099 was collected on sandy soil, as were CAS 186294–95.

Pachydactylus griffiniis sympatric with P. purcelliat Farm Narudas. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet of this Namibian endemic is a patronym honoring Mike Griffin, Senior Support Specialist, Ministry of the Environment and Tourism, Windhoek, Namibia. Mr. Griffin has contributed greatly to the knowledge and conservation of the herpetofauna of Namibia and for many years has provided support and advice during our research expeditions to Namibia. 
  • Barts, M. & COLACICCO, F. 2017. Die Dickfingergeckos des südlichen Afrikas – Teil XXI Pachydactylus mclachlani Bauer, Lamb & Branch, 2006, mit Anmerkungen zu Pachydactylus griffini Bauer, Lamb & Branch, 2006. Sauria 39 (1): 41-46 - get paper here
  • 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, 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • 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
  • Methuen,P.A. & Hewitt,J. 1914. [The Percy Sladen Memorial Expedition to Great Namaqualand 1912-1913.] Records and descriptions of the reptiles and batrachians of the collection. Annals Transvaal Mus. 4 (3): 117-145 - get paper here
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
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