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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Namib Day Gecko 
SynonymRhoptropus afer PETERS 1869: 59
Rhoptropus afer PETERS 1870: 658
Dactychylikion braconnieri THOMINOT 1878: 254
Dactychilikion [sic] braconnieri — BOULENGER 1885: 209
Rhoptropus afer — BOULENGER 1885: 217
Rhoptropus braconnieri — HEWITT 1910
Rhoptropus braconnieri — LOVERIDGE 1947: 286
Rhoptropus braconnieri — AUERBACH 1987: 93
Rhoptropus braconnieri — KLUGE 1993
Rhoptropus afer — KLUGE 1993
Rhoptropus afer — RÖSLER 2000: 109
Rhoptropus braconnieri — RÖSLER 2000: 109
Rhoptropus afer — SCHNEIDER & BARTS 2014 
DistributionNamibia (S Damaraland), S Angola

Type locality: “Damaralande” [Namibia]

braconnieri: Botswana; Type locality: S Ngami Lake, Bechuanaland (in error fide A. Bauer, pers. comm. 4 Oct 2014).  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 6149A (designated by LOVERIDGE 1947; see also BAUER & GÜNTHER 1991)
Holotype: MNHN-RA 294 (1411B) [braconnieri] 
CommentType species: Rhoptropus afer PETERS 1869: 59 is the type species of the genus Rhoptropus PETERS 1869.

Synonymy: fide A. Bauer, pers. comm. 4 Oct 2014. Peters described this species twice, in two different papers, as new (in 1869 and 1870). 
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Bauer A M. Good D A. 1996. Phylogenetic systematics of the day geckos, genus Rhoptropus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae), of south-western Africa. Journal of Zoology 238 (4): 635- 663 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. & Günther,R. 1991. An annotated type catalogue of the geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in the Zoological Museum , Berlin. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin 67: 279-310 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Bocage, J.V.B. de 1897. Mammiferos, aves e reptis da Hanha, no sertào de Benguella. (Segunda lista). Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas, Physîcas e Naturaes, Lisboa (2) 14: 207-211
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Gates, Bruce C. 2008. Day Geckos of the Namib Desert: Rhoptropus afer Peters, 1869 and Rhoptropus bradfieldi Hewitt, 1935. Gekko 5 (2): 2-5
  • Hedman, H. D., Chuga, S. C., Eifler, D. A., Hanghome, G. P., & Eifler, M. A. 2021. Microhabitat use of two sympatric geckos, Turner's thick-toed gecko (Chondrodactylus turneri) and the Common Namib Day Gecko (Rhoptropus afer). Journal of Arid Environments, 188, 104448 - 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. 1910. A Key to the South African Species of Geckonidae, Scincidae, Gerrhosauridae, and Lacertidae, together with some Notes on the Specific Characters and a Brief Summary of the Known Facts of their Distribution. Annals Transvaal Mus. 2 (3): 77-115. - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1935. Some new forms of batrachians and reptiles from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. 4: 283-357
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - 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)
  • Nagy, K.A., M.K. Seely & R. Buffenstein 1993. Surprisingly Low Field Metabolic Rate of a Diurnal Desert Gecko, Rhoptropus afer Copeia 1993 (1): 216-219. - get paper here
  • Peters, WILHELM C. H. 1869. Eine Mittheilung über neue Gattungen und Arten von Eidechsen. Monatsber. Königl. Preuss. Akad. Wissensch. Berlin, 1869: 57-66 - get paper here
  • Peterson, C.C. 1990. Paradoxically low metabolic rate of the diurnal gecko Rhoptropus afer Copeia 1990 (1): 233-237. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schneider, C.; Barts, M.; Müller, F. 2010. Lebensweise, Habitat und erste Erfahrungen bei der Haltung von Rhoptropus afer PETERS, 1869. Sauria 32 (1): 47-54 - get paper here
  • Schneider, Christian and Mirko Barts. 2014. Die Geckos der Gattung Rhoptropus. Sauria 36 (3): 29-39 - get paper here
  • Thominot, A. 1878. Note sur un nouveau genre de reptile de la famille des geckotiens. Bulletin de la Société Philomathique de Paris, 2:254-256 - get paper here
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