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Sphaerodactylus argivus GARMAN, 1888

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus argivus argivus GARMAN 1888
Sphaerodactylus argivus bartschi COCHRAN 1934
Sphaerodactylus argivus lewisi GRANT 1941 
Common NamesE: Cayman Islands Geckolet, Cayman Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus argivus GARMAN 1888:103
Sphaerodactylus argivus argivus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988
Sphaerodactylus argivus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 465
Sphaerodactylus argivus — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus argivus — RÖSLER 2000: 110

Sphaerodactylus argivus bartschi COCHRAN 1934
Sphaerodactylus bartschi COCHRAN 1934: 5
Sphaerodactylus argus bartschi — COCHRAN 1961: 146
Sphaerodactylus argivus bartschi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988
Sphaerodactylus argivus bartschi — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus argivus lewisi GRANT 1941
Sphaerodactylus lewisi GRANT 1941: 20
Sphaerodactylus argivus lewisi — THOMAS 1975
Sphaerodactylus argivus lewisi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988
Sphaerodactylus argivus lewisi — DE LISLE et al. 2013 
DistributionCayman Brac, Antilles, Cayman-Islands (Little Cayman, Grand Cayman)

Type locality: Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands.  
TypesSyntypes: MCZ 6223, MCZ 13597.
Holotype: USNM 81759, male [bartschi]
Holotype: MCZ 44987, originally in private collection #2956 (given as "writer's collection"), adult male. Paratypes: BMNH 1939.2.1.95-96. [lewisi] 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL in males to 28 mm, in females to 29 mm); dorsals moderate to large, swollen to relatively flattened, rounded or obtusely angulate to acute, keeled, weakly to moderately imbricate, axilla to groin 27-50; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals acute to cycloid, smooth, imbricate, axilla to groin 24-34; snout acuminate, short, moderately narrow; snout scales broad, rounded, or subhexagonal, smooth to keeled, juxtaposed to subimbricate; 2 postnasals; 0-1 (mode 1) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3-4 (mode 3); gular scales small, smooth, imbricate; chest scales acute to cycloid, flattened, smooth; midbody scales 46-70; escutcheon compact centrally, with or without extensions onto thighs, 5-7 x 8-26. Not sexually dichromatic; dorsum brown with darker flecking or vermiculations; sacral pattern lineate; at times head and body somewhat striped; venter white or yellow; underside of tail yellow to red; iris golden (S. a. argivus, S. a. lewisi) or blue (S. a. bartschi) (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 465). 
CommentFor illustrations see Grant, 1941; Thomas, 1975. 
  • Cochran, D. M. 1934. Herpetological collections from the West Indies made by Dr. Paul Bartsch under The Walter Rathbone Bacon Scholarship, 1928-1930. Smithsonian Misc. Coll. 92 (7): 1-48. - get paper here
  • Garman, S. 1888. Reptiles and batrachians from the Caymans and from the Bahamas. Collected by Prof. C. J. Maynard for the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Cambridge, Mass. Bull. Essex Inst. 20: 101-113 - get paper here
  • Grant, C. 1941. The herpetology of the Cayman Islands. Bulletin of the Institute of Jamaica, Science Series [1940] (2):1-56
  • Pagoda, P. 2011. Ein Monat als Volontär in der Karibik - der Blauen wegen. Elaphe 19 (1): 65-72
  • Röll, B. 2017. Die Strandmandel. Vielseitig nutzbar für kleine Reptilien. Reptilia (Münster) 22 (124): 44-49 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Thomas, R. 1975. The argus group of West Indian Sphaerodactylus (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Herpetologica 31: 177-195. - get paper here
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