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Pachydactylus kobosensis FITZSIMONS, 1938

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPachydactylus kobosensis FITZSIMONS 1938: 170
Pachydactylus kobosensis — LOVERIDGE 1947
Pachydactylus kobosensis — WERMUTH 1965: 119
Pachydactylus kobosensis — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus kobosensis — RÖSLER 2000: 98
Pachydactylus kobosensis — BAUER et al. 2006
Pachydactylus kobosensis — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Pachydactylus kobosensis — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNamibia (Rehoboth, Windhoek Districts), elevation > 1500 m.

Type locality: Kobos Farm, 40 miles south of Rehoboth, Namaqualand, Southwest Africa.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 17574: Adult male; coll. V. FitzSimons, 21 July 1937. 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. To 53.5 mm SVL. This is the only member of the P. serval/weberi clade in which both the rostral and the first supralabial are typically excluded from the nostril. It may further be diagnosed by the following combination of characters: supranasals in broad contact anteriorly; scales on head flattened or granular, those on snout largest, gradually decreasing in size to small granules on interorbital and parietal regions, no tubercles on head; dorsal scalation largely homogeneous, velvety in appearance, but with scattered enlarged (4–8 times adjacent scales), smooth, flattened to feebly conical scales particularly evident on posterior portion of trunk, especially on sacrum; no tubercles on thighs, or thighs with small, smooth, unkeeled tubercles; digits moderately long, toe pads broadly dilated; typically 6 undivided lamellae under digit IV of pes; adult pattern of more-or-less regular dark bands (entire or broken) extending from flank to flank; tail to at least 113% SVL, bearing smooth, flattened, well-separated tubercles; both original and regenerated tail frequently thickened basally as a result of fat storage; adult pattern of chocolate brown crossbands and large spots on a pinkish-gray to pinkish-purple background; hatchling and young juvenile color pattern with three dark-bordered bold light bands: on nape, behind axillae and in presacral position (see Visser 1984: 49). 
CommentCONSERVATION STATUS.—Pachydactylus kobosensisis apparently highly restricted in its distribution, but under no obvious threat.

Distribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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., Luis M. P. Ceríaco, Matthew P. Heinicke and David C. Blackburn. 2015. Geographic Distribution. Pachydactylus barnardi FitzSimons, 1941, Barnard's Rough Gecko. African Herp News (62): 35-37 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1938. Transvaal Museum Expedition to South-West Africa and Little Namaqualand, May to August 1937 - Reptiles and Amphibians. Annals Transvaal Mus. 19 (2): 153-209 - 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
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - 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
  • 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.
  • VISSER, J. 1984. Tierboskat-geitjes kies klipperige woonplek. Akkedisse van Suider-Afrika 7. Landbouweek- blad, 27 April 1984:48–49, 51, 53
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