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Pachydactylus kladaroderma BRANCH, BAUER & GOOD, 1996

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Thin-skinned gecko, Fragile Thick-toed gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus kladaroderma BRANCH, BAUER & GOOD 1996
Pachydactylus namaquensis — FITZSIMONS 1943: 104 (part.)
Pachydactylus kladeroderma — BRANCH 1998: 257 (in error)
Pachydactylus kladaroderma — RÖSLER 2000: 98
Pachydactylus kladaroderma — BATES et al. 2014: 132
Pachydactylus kladaroderma — TELFORD et al 2022 
DistributionSouth Africa (southern escarpment and Cape Fold Mountains surrounding the western Little Karoo)

Type locality: Dolerite Towers, Molteno Pass, Nuweveldberge, Karoo National Park (32° 15’ 09’’ S, 22° 34’ 07’’ E, 1077 m elevation), Western Cape Province.  
TypesHolotype: PEM R11195 
CommentP. kladaroderma is characterized by a slit-like ear opening, low number of granules bordering the mental (3-6) and mental and adjacent infralabials (5-13), the frequent (79%) occurrence of the supralabial entering the nostril, and its drab brown base colouration. 
EtymologyNamed after Greek “kladaros” = easily broken, and “derma” = skin, with reference to the fragile skin exhibited by this species and several other species of Pachdactylus to which it may be closely related. 
  • 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.
  • 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, W. R. 1998. Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. 3rd ed. Fully Revised and Updated to Include 83 New Species. Ralph Curtis Books (Sanibel Island, Florida), 399 pp.
  • 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
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Telford, N. S., ALEXANDER, G. J., BECKER, F. S., CONRADIE, W., JORDAAN, A., KEMP, L., ... & TOLLEY, K. A. 2022. EXTENSIONS TO THE KNOWN GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS OF REPTILES IN THE GREAT KAROO, SOUTH AFRICA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 17(1), 145-154 - get paper here
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