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Saurodactylus harrisii JOGER, JAVANMARDI & VOGLER, 2019

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymSaurodactylus harrisii JOGER, JAVANMARDI & VOGLER & in JAVANMARDI et al. 2019: 415 
DistributionMorocco (from the mouth of Oued Souss to Boujdour)

Type locality: Guelmime, Morocco.  
TypesHolotype. ZFMK-79667 (deposited at Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany); collected by Wolfgang Böhme, Hemmo Nickel and Thomas Wilms on 26 October 1999.
Paratypes. ZFMK 70725, ZFMK 73010-12, ZFMK 79666, ZFMK 79668-72 (from Sidi Ifni, Guelmime and Aglou, respectively, deposited at Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn); SNMB-N 61537 (from Sidi Ifni) SNMB-N 61538 (from Oued Massa), SNMB-N 61539-40 (from Aglou near Tiznit). In nine out of ten paratype specimens from Guelmime and Aglou, the coloration resembles that of the holotype; one specimen from Sidi Ifni has larger dorsal spots compared to others (Fig. 12). Details of measurements related to these specimens are presented in Table 6 in Javanmardi et al. 2019. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Ground color light to dark brown. Irregularly distributed large spots with dark margins, or smaller spots, concentrated on the lateral side. Tail yellowish or light brown with dark marble pattern. V-shaped light mark on top of head not reaching the neck. Internasal shields separated from each other by two granules. Four shields bordering nostril, i.e., the rostral, internasal, one postnasal and the first supralabial. 
CommentDistribution: for a map see Javanmardi et al. 2019: 405 (Fig. 2). 
EtymologyNamed in honor of David James Harris, who initiated the first comprehensive study on the genetic differentiation of Saurodactylus brosseti, during which this and two other clades were discovered. The patronym was latinized as Harrisius and then placed into the masculine genitive singular. 
  • JAVANMARDI, SOHEILA; SVEN VOGLER, ULRICH JOGER 2019. Phylogenetic differentiation and taxonomic consequences in the Saurodactylus brosseti species complex (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae), with description of four new species. Zootaxa 4674 (4): 401–425 - get paper here
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert; Bernd-Michael Zwanzig & Thomas Drost 2023. Bemerkungen zur Reproduktion von Saurodactylus harrisii Joger, Javanmardi & vogler, 2019. Sauria 45 (4): 59-64
  • Vogler, S. 2020. Aus eins mach fünf - Neue Echsenfingergeckos der Gattung Saurodactylus aus Marokko. Elaphe 2020 (3): 34-41
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