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Saurodactylus mauritanicus (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1836)

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Morocco Lizard-fingered Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus mauritanicus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 414
Saurodactylus mauritanicus — FITZINGER 1843: 91
Saurodactylus desertorum FITZINGER 1843: 91 (nom. nud. fide LOVERIDGE)
Gymnodactylus mauritanicus — BOULENGER 1885: 33
Saurodactylus mauritanicus — WERNER 1931
Saurodactylus mauritanicus — LOVERIDGE 1947: 60
Saurodactylus mauritanicus — KLUGE 1993
Saurodactylus mauritanicus — RÖSLER 1995: 154
Saurodactylus (mauritanicus) mauritanicus — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 258 
DistributionNE Morocco, Western Sahara, NW Algeria

Type locality: Algier  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2328 
CommentType species: Gymnodactylus mauritanicus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 414 is the type species of the genus Saurodactylus FITZINGER 1843: 91.

Key: a key to the species of Saurodactylus is provided by Javanmardi et al. 2019: 422.

Subspecies: Saurodactylus mauritanicus brosseti BONS & PASTEUR 1957 is now considered as valid species by most authors. 
  • Barata, Mafalda; Ana Perera, D. James Harris, Arie van der Meijden, Salvador Carranza, Francisco Ceacero, Enrique García-Muñoz, Duarte Gonçalves, Sérgio Henriques, Fátima Jorge, Jonathan C. Marshall, Luis Pedrajas and Pedro Sousa 2011. New observations of amphibians and reptiles in Morocco, with a special emphasis on the eastern region. Herpetological Bulletin (116): 4 - get paper here
  • Bons, J. 1959. Les lacertiliens du sud-ouest Marocain; systematique, repartition geographique, ethologie, ecologie. Instit. Sci. Cherifien, Rabat, Trav. (Ser. Zool.) no. 18 130 pp.
  • Bons, J., and G. Pasteur. 1957. Nouvelles remarques sur les saurodactyles, avec description de Saurodactylus mauritanicus brosseti n. subsp. Bulletin de la Société des Sciences Naturelles et Physiques du Maroc, 37:175-195
  • 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
  • Boulenger, George A. 1891. Catalogue of the reptiles and batrachians of Barbary (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), based chiefly upon the notes and collections made in 1880-1884 by M. Fernand Lataste. Tr. Zool. Soc. 13: 93-164
  • Duméril, A.M. C. and G. Bibron. 1836. Erpetologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol. 3. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 528 pp. - get paper here
  • Fitzinger, L. 1843. Systema Reptilium, fasciculus primus, Amblyglossae. Braumüller et Seidel, Wien: 106 pp. - get paper here
  • Geniez, P.; Mateo, J.A.; Geniez, M. & Pether, J. 2004. The amphibians and reptiles of the Western Sahara (former Spanish Sahara) and adjacent regions. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 228 pp. [reviewed in Reptilia GB 44: 81]
  • Hediger, H. 1935. Herpetologische Beobachtungen in Marokko. Verhandlungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Basel 46: 1-49
  • Leptien, R. 2009. Auf Exkursion in Marokkos Süden. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (75): 32-37 - 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
  • Mediani, Mohamed; José Carlos Brito, Soumia Fahd 2015. Atlas of the amphibians and reptiles of northern Morocco: updated distribution and patterns of habitat selection. Basic and Applied Herpetology 29: - get paper here
  • Rato C, Sreelatha LB, Mateo JA, Carretero MA 2022. Alien but not that one: a molecular reassessment of the Alborán Island’s Saurodactylus Fitzinger, 1846 gecko. BioInvasions Records 11 - get paper here
  • Rato, C., Marques, V., Paracuellos, M., Tortolero, J., Nevado, J. C., & Carretero, M. A. 2021. Alborán Island, a small meeting point for three invasive lizards, whose geographic origin is uncovered by molecular analysis. BioInvasions Records, 10 - get paper here
  • Rato, Catarina & David James Harris 2008. Genetic variation within Saurodactylus and its phylogenetic relationships within the Gekkonoidea estimated from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Amphibia-Reptilia 29 (1): 25-34 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • Werner,F. 1931. Ergebnisse einer zoologischen Forschungsreise nach Marokko. III. Unternommen 1930 mit Unterstützung der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien von Franz Werner und Richard Ebner. III. Amphibien und Reptilien. Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien Mathem.-Naturw., Sect. 1, 140: 272-318 - get paper here
  • Wilms, T. 2009. Marokko - Schatzkammer in Nordwesten Afrikas. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (75): 16-23 - get paper here
  • Zulueta, A. de 1909. Nota sobre reptiles de Melilla (Marruecos). Bol. Real Sociedad Esp. Hist. Nat. 9: 351-354
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