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Pristurus somalicus PARKER, 1932

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Somali Semaphore Gecko 
SynonymPristurus somalicus PARKER 1932: 349
Pristurus phillipsii — LOVERIDGE 1947: 82 (part.)
Pristurus somalicus — ARNOLD 1993: 363
Pristurus somalicus — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pristurus somalicus — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 333 
DistributionSomalia, E Ethiopia, elevation 200-2500 ft

Type locality: Sol Haud, Somalia (10° 27’ N, 49° E), 2500 ft elevation  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1931.7.20.211, female; paratypes: BMNH 
CommentNot listed for Somalia by LANZA 1990. Has been synonymized with P. phillipsii by LOVERIDGE 1947. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Somalia. 
  • Arnold, E.N. 2009. Relationships, evolution and biogeography of Semaphore geckos, Pristurus (Squamata, Sphaerodactylidae) based on morphology. Zootaxa 2060: 1-21 - get paper here
  • Arnold,E.N. 1993. Histological changes and behavior if semaphore gecko (Pristurus, Gekkonidae) and their relatives. Journal of Zoology 229 (3): 353-384 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2006. Lizards of Ethiopia (Reptilia Sauria): an annotated checklist, bibliography, gazetteer and identification. Tropical Zoology 19 (1): 21-109 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
  • Mazuch, Tomáš 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of Somaliland and Eastern Ethiopia. Tomáš Mazuch Publishing, 80 pp. ISBN: 978-80-905439-0-4 - get paper here
  • Parker,H.W. 1932. Two collections af amphibians and reptiles from British Somaliland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1932: 335-367
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, H.; Köhler, J. & Böhme, W. 2008. A new species of the diurnal gekkonid genus Pristurus Rüppell, 1835 from the Red Sea island Hanish al-Kabir, Yemen. Amphibia-Reptilia 29: 217-227 - get paper here
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
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