Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus (BOETTGER, 1874)
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Atlas Day Gecko|
|Synonym||Gymnodactylus trachyblepharus BOETTGER 1873: 138|
Gymnodactylus trachyblepharus — BOULENGER 1885: 34
Gymnodactylus trachyblepharus — LOVERIDGE 1936: 48
Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus — LOVERIDGE 1947: 67
Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus — WERMUTH 1965: 157
Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus — ARNOLD 1990: 759
Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus — KLUGE 1993
Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 246
Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
|Distribution||SW Morocco (Mogador/Atlas Mountains; elevation 1200 to 4000 m)|
Type locality: Djebel Hadid, near Mogador, Morocco.
|Reproduction||oviparous; the reproductive period for the geckos is from March to June (Bouazza et al., 2016).|
|Types||Holotype: SMF 8201 (fide Arnold 1990); oher types: BMNH 19184.108.40.206|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Usually 24 or 25 presacral vertebrae (91% of cases, n =46); proximal autotomic caudal vertebrae with long, backwardly directed transverse processes (Fig. 2); first upper labial scale usually reaching nostril, or only separated by a narrow rim, and often fused to lower postnasal scale (Fig. 1); cloacal tubercles large and prominent, especially in males; |
Coloration and sexual dimorphism: strong sexual dichromatism, males being pale with many red or dark brownish spots that are often more frequent or darker, or both, on the flanks and sides of the neck, and frequently the head as well; females dark brownish or greyish with darker markings that often form longitudinal series; no prominent spots in shoulder area; dark colouring on posterior underside of males not extending to lower hind limbs. (Arnold 1990)
Variation. Considerable variation in pattern and colour. Females may have two or four series of irregular dark flecks on body, but sometimes have a longitudinal pattern of short dark marks alternating with pale ones; sometimes instead there are more irregular small blackish marks. In life, belly is often yellow green and iris grey-brown (Hoogmoed, 1974, Arnold 1990).
Description: Loveridge 1947: 67.
|Comment||Type species: Gymnodactylus trachyblepharus BOETTGER 1873 is the type species of the genus Quedenfeldtia BOETTGER 1883.|
Variation: Orange, yellow, and white variants were found in approximately equal proportions in both sexes, and in juveniles and adults (Blouin-Demers et al. 2013).
Elevation: Maybe the gecko with the highest vertical distribution.
Sympatry: Above 2500 m: Atlantolacerta andreanszkyi. Below 2500 m: Podarcis vaucheri, Scelarcis perspicillata, Tarentola mauritanica, Psammodromus algirus, Timon tangitanus and Agama impalearis (Bons & Geniez, 1996; Schleich et al., 1996).
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