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Pachydactylus haackei BRANCH, BAUER & GOOD, 1996

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Haacke’s (Thick-toed) gecko
G: Haackes Dickfingergecko 
SynonymPachydactylus haackei BRANCH, BAUER & GOOD 1996
Pachydactylus namaquensis — METHUEN & HEWITT 1914: 128
Pachydactylus haackei — RÖSLER 2000: 98
Pachydactylus haackei — BATES et al. 2014: 131
Pachydactylus haackei — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionS Namibia, South Africa (Richtersveld)

Type locality: Farm Kuchanas, Great Karasberg, southern Namibia (27° 02’ S, 18° 43’ E).  
TypesHolotype: PEM R9282 
CommentP. haackei is characterized by its more rounded or squared ear opening; high number of granules bordering the mental and adjacent infralabials (11-19), the general exclusion of the supralabial from the nostril (only 3.7% entry), and brighter, lighter colouration. 
EtymologyNamed after Wulf D. Haacke (1936-2021), curator of Herpetology, Transvaal Museum (Pretoria). See Bates et al. 2022 for an obituary and bibliography. 
  • Barts, M. 2002. Die Dickfingergeckos des südlichen Afrikas Teil III: Pachydactylus haackei BRANCH, BAUER & GOOD 1996. Sauria 24 (3): 13-18 - get paper here
  • Barts, M. 2006. Kurzmitteilung: Pachydactylus haackei, Haacke’s Dickfingergecko. Sauria 28 (1): 54 - get paper here
  • Barts, Mirko and Wulf D. Haacke 2001. Pachydactylus haackei Haacke's Thick-toed gecko. Reproduction. African Herp News (32):9-10 - get paper here
  • Barts, Mirko, Felix Hulbert, and Jon Boone 2005. A new locality record for Pachydactylus haackei Branch, Bauer and Good, 1996 at Augrabies National Park, Republic of South Africa. Russ. J. Herpetol. 12 (3): 237-239. - get paper here
  • BATES, M.F. 2011. Exceptional Contribution to African Herpetology: Wulf Haacke. African Herp News (53): 11-13 - 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.
  • Bates, Michael F; Graham J Alexander & Aaron M Bauer 2022. Tribute to a legend of southern African herpetology: Wulf Dietrich Haacke (1936–2021), with a bibliography of his herpetological contributions, African Journal of Herpetology, - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M., and Branch, W.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Herpetological Natural History 8: 111-160 [2001]
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch W R. Bauer A M. Good D A. 1996. A review of the Namaqua gecko, Pachydactylus namaquensis (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from southern Africa, with the description of two new species. South African J Zoology 31 (2): 53-69. - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
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