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Pachydactylus weberi ROUX, 1907

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Weber's Thick-toed Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus weberi ROUX 1907: 408
Pachydactylus capensis capensis PETERS 1870: 110
Pachydactylus capensis gariesensis HEWITT 1932
Pachydactylus capensis weberi — LAWRENCE 1936
Pachydactylus weberi weberi — FITZSIMONS 1938: 180
Pachydactylus capensis gariesensis — FITZSIMONS 1938: 179
Pachydactylus weberi gariesensis — LOVERIDGE 1947: 390
Pachydactylus weberi weberi — LOVERIDGE 1947: 391
Pachydactylus weberi gariesensis — WERMUTH 1965: 124
Pachydactylus weberi weberi — WERMUTH 1965: 123
Pachydactylus weberi — DAAN & HILLENIUS 1966: 135
Pachydactylus weberi — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus weberi — RÖSLER 2000: 99
Pachydactylus weberi — BAUER et al. 2006
Pachydactylus weberi — BATES et al. 2014: 143
Pachydactylus weberi — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (S Namaqualand, Klipfontain, Cape Province), Namibia (Lüderitz District)

acuminatus: Southern Southwest Africa (Damaraland, Great Namaqualand); Type locality: Aus and Konkiep, Great Namaqualand, Southwest Africa.

gariesensis: Northern Little Namaqualand (south of P. w. weberi); Type locality: Garies,k western Cape Province.  
TypesLectotype: ZMA.RENA 11046, designated by Daan and Hillenius 1966 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. To 50.0 mm SVL. Pachydactylus weberi may be distinguished from all other members of the P. serval/weberigroup by the combination of the following characters: rostral (and rarely first supralabial) excluded from nostril; supranasals in variable contact; scales on dorsum of head smooth and flat, those on snout much larger than those of interorbital and parietal regions; dorsal scalation strongly heterogeneous, flattened, conical, or weakly keeled tubercles in 16–22 rows; thighs bearing at least some enlarged, often keeled tubercles; toes moderately short, toe pads somewhat expanded; typically 5 undivided lamellae beneath digit IV of pes; tail to 131% SVL, annulate, bearing whorls of flattened to keeled, pointed tubercles; adult pattern light brown to russet or pale orange with three light (white, pale yellow, buff, pinkish or ashy) bands (one on nape, two on trunk) with brown borders variably evident, at least nape band usually apparent, traces of body bands usually persist, even in very large specimens, but pattern as a whole often obscured by break-up of dark edges on cross bands and presence of dark markings in interstices between bands (Figs. 1, 13–18; see also Girard 2002); original tail boldly banded; juvenile pattern bold, one nape and two body bands, each pale with dark edges, bands usually with slightly wavy margins, some stray dark markings between bands. 
CommentSynonymy mostly after WERMUTH 1965. Pachydactylus weberi acuminatus FITZSIMONS 1941 and Pachydactylus weberi werneri HEWITT 1935 have been elevated to full species status by BAUER et al. 2006.

HABITYAT: Pachydactlyus weberiis almost strictly rupicolous and is found chiefly
in association with narrow horizontal cracks, capstones, or exfoliating flakes.

CONSERVATION STATUS.—Pachydactylus weberiis a common species in most places where it occurs.

Distribution: see map in BRANCH et al. 2011. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Max Wilhelm Carl Weber van Bosse (1852-1937), a German-Dutch physician and zoologist who was Director, Zoological Museum, Artis Amsterdam, from 1883 when he became a Dutch citizen.  
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  • 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. & Lamb, T. 2003. A new species of the Pachydactylus weberi-group (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Waterberg Plateau, Namibia. Cimbebasia 19: 1-12
  • 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]
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  • 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. 1994. Herpetofauna of the Sperrgebeit [sic] Region of Southern Namibia. Herpetological Natural History 2 (1): 1-11.
  • 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
  • Daan, S. & Hillenius,D. 1966. Catalogue of the type specimens of amphibians and reptiles in the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam. Beaufortia 13: 117-144
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  • Girard, Francis 2002. Maintenance and Captive Reproduction of Two Small, South African Geckos Pachydactylus geitje (SPARRMAN, 1778) and Pachydactylus weberi Raux, 1907. Gekko 3 (1): 14-18
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  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
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