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Pachydactylus rangei (ANDERSSON, 1908)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Namib Sand Gecko, Namib Web-footed gecko
G: Namibgecko, Wüstengecko, Sandgecko, Schwimmfußgecko 
SynonymPalmatogecko rangei ANDERSSON 1908
Syndactylosaura schultzei WERNER 1910 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Palmatogecko rangei — LOVERIDGE 1947: 36
Palmatogecko rangei — WERMUTH 1965: 124
Palmatogecko rangei — HAACKE 1976
Palmatogecko rangei — KLUGE 1993
Palmatogecko rangei — RÖSLER 1995: 137
Palmatogecko rangeri [sic] — PIANKA & VITT 2003
Pachydactylus rangei — BAUER & LAMB 2005
Pachydactylus rangei — BATES et al. 2014: 140 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa, S Angola, Namibia (Lüderitz-Bucht)

Type locality: Lüderitz-Bucht, Southwest Africa.  
TypesHolotype: MWNH 460 (Wiesbaden, Germany) 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: A slender, medium sized, nocturnal, terrestrial gecko, with
delicate, semi-transparent appearance, differing from all related geckos by
its webbed feet (Haacke 1976). 
CommentType Species: Palmatogecko rangei is the type species of the genus Palmatogecko. 
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  • Andersson, L. G. 1908. A remarkable new gecko from South— Africa and a new Stenocercus—species from South—America in the Natural History Museum in Wiesbaden. Jahrbüchern des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde in Wiesbaden, 61:299-306 - get paper here
  • Arth, S. & Baus, S. 2012. Der Palmatogecko, Pachydactylus rangei. Natur und Tier Verlag, 64 pp. - get paper here
  • Barts, M. & Hulbert, F. 2004. Die Geckos der Welt. Draco 5 (18): 4-17 - 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.
  • Bauer, A.M. 2013. Geckos - The Animal Answer Guide. Johns Hopkins University Press, 159 pp.
  • 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, 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]
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • CUNNINGHAM, P. 2013. Pachydactylus rangei (Andersson, 1908). African Herp News (59): 56-59 - get paper here
  • Furman, J. 1994. Field Observation, Captive Husbandry and Breeding of the Web- Footed Gecko, Palmatogecko rangei. Jour. Int. Gecko Soc. 2 (3): 102-106
  • Gamble, T; Greenbaum, E; Jackman, TR; Russell, AP; Bauer, AM 2012. Repeated Origin and Loss of Adhesive Toepads in Geckos. PLoS One 7 (6):10.1371/journal.pone.0039429 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, Stephen R. 2008. Note on Reproduction of the Web-footed Gecko, Pachydactylus rangei (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Namibia. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 44 (1): 15-17 - get paper here
  • Haacke, W.D. 1976. The Burrowing Geckos of Southern Africa: 2.(Palmatogecko & Kakaogecko). Annals Transvaal Mus. 30 (2): 13-29 - get paper here
  • Hauke, Tobias 2018. Namibia – Eindrücke während der Regenzeit. Draco 16 (64): 50-59 [2015] - 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
  • Hewitt, J. 1935. Some new forms of batrachians and reptiles from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. 4: 283-357
  • Köhler, J. & Güsten, R. 2007. Herpetological type specimens in the natural history collections of the museums in Darmstadt and Wiesbaden, Germany. Spixiana 30 (2): 275-288 - get paper here
  • Leptien, Rolf 2018. Zwischen Brandberg und den Dünen Swakopmunds – auf der Suche nach dem Palmatogecko. Draco 16 (64): 68-72 [2015] - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - 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
  • Lutterschmidt, William I. 2013. REPTILES IN RESEARCH: INVESTIGATIONS OF ECOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY, AND BEHAVIOR FROM DESERT TO SEA. Nova Science, New York, 527 pp. - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Prötzel, D., Heß, M., Schwager, M., Glaw, F., & Scherz, M. D. 2021. Neon-green fluorescence in the desert gecko Pachydactylus rangei caused by iridophores. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-10
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Schenk,S.,S.Wolf 2008. Zur Haltung und Nachzucht des Palmatogeckos,Pachydactylus rangei ANDERSSON,1908. Terraria (13): 60-65
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Werner,F. 1910. Reptilia et Amphibia. In Schultze, L., Zoologische und anthropologische Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise im westlichen und zentralen Südafrika. Band IV, Systematik und Tiergeographie Vertebrata B. Denkschr. Med.-Nat. Wiss. GeselI. Jena 16: 279-370 [1910] - get paper here
  • Ziegler, H. & Ziegler, W. 1989. Palmatogecko rangei ANDERSON, 1908. Sauria 11 (1) Suppl.: 129–132 - get paper here
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