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Pachydactylus otaviensis BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH, 2006

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPachydactylus otaviensis BAUER, LAMB & BRANCH 2006: 681
Pachydactylus weberi — BAUER & LAMB 2005: 116
Pachydactylus otaviensis — MASHININI & MAHLANGU 2013
Pachydactylus otaviensis — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNamibia (Tsumeb District)

Type locality: Namibia, Oshikoto Region, Tsumeb District, Farm Uithoek.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 45097 (Fig. 117): Adult male; coll. G. Voigt, 29 April 1974. Paratypes: TM. 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. Snout-vent length to at least 42.9 mm (TM 85000). May be distinguished from all other members of the P. serval/weberi group by the combination of the following characters: snout blunt; rostral excluded from nostril; supranasals in narrow anterior contact; scales on dorsum of head weakly conical, those on snout much larger than those of interorbital region; interorbital and parietal granules intermixed with scattered, conical tubercles, each smaller than scales of snout; dorsal scalation heterogeneous, consisting of small conical scales interspersed with larger strongly keeled to mucronate tubercles; tubercles becoming conical on flanks; tubercles in 18 rows; thighs bearing very large conical tubercles; toes moderately long, toe pads relatively narrow; five undivided lamellae beneath digit IV of pes; tail (partly regenerated) to at least 102% of SVL, annulate, bearing whorls of large, pointed, strongly keeled tubercles, narrowly separated from each other; cloacal spurs very large bearing dorsally-directed pointed scales with concave surfaces; adult pattern of three pale bands (nape, just posterior to adpressed elbow, and posterior trunk, anterior to lumbar region) separating broader areas of grayish-brown with darker brown edges—pattern may be obscured and appear as 5–6 dark brown bands on a pale background (Figs. 117–118 in Bauer et al. 2006); juvenile pattern as adult, with three pale bands (Fig. 118).
CommentHABITAT: mountain savanna, karstveld, broadleaf savanna: rocky dolerite mountains, rock cracks.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed for the Otaviberge or Otavi Highlands, a low range of dolerite hills in northeastern Namibia to which this species appears to endemic.  
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
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