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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus argus andresensis DUNN & SAXE 1950
Sphaerodactylus argus argus GOSSE 1850 
Common NamesE: West Caribbean Ocellated Geckolet, Ocellated Gecko
S: Geco Ocelado 
SynonymSphaerodactylus Argus GOSSE 1850: 347
Sphaerodactylus argus — BOULENGER 1885: 223
Sphaerodactylus argus continentalis WERNER 1896 (nomen dubium)
Sphaerodactylus argus henriquesi GRANT 1940: 154
Sphaerodactylus argus henriquesi GRANT 1940: 71
Sphaerodactylus argus — HARRIS & KLUGE 1984: 45
Sphaerodactylus argus argus — BURT & MYERS 1942
Sphaerodactylus argus argus — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 87
Sphaerodactylus argus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 466
Sphaerodactylus argus — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus argus — LINER 1994
Sphaerodactylus argus — KÖHLER 2000: 51
Sphaerodactylus argus — MCNISH 2011
Sphaerodactylus argus — SUNYER & MARTÍNEZ-FONSECA 2023

Sphaerodactylus argus andresensis DUNN & SAXE 1950
Sphaerodactylus argus andresensis DUNN & SAXE 1950: 148
Sphaerodactylus argus andresensis — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 168
Sphaerodactylus argus andresensis — DE LISLE et al. 2013 
DistributionUSA (introduced to Florida), Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas (introduced to Biminis and Nassau), Isla Grande de Maiz, Mexico (introduced to Yucatan), Nicaragua (introduced; Corn Island), Costa Rica ?, Panama, Colombia (Old Providence Island, San Andres Island)

andresensis: San Andres; Type locality: San Andros.

Type locality: Jamaica.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH, BMNH47.12.24.59.
Holotype: ANSP 25912 [andresensis]
Holotype: MCZ 44971 [henriquesi] 
CommentFor illustrations see Barbour, 1921; Thomas, 1975. Not listed for Costa Rica by KÖHLER (2000).

Distribution: Known as introduced near the border of Costa Rica in Bocas del Tora, Panamá, but not yet collected in Costa Rica (Savage 2002, Harris & Kluge 1984). 
EtymologyNamed after the mythological Greek giant Argus who had many eyes (some accounts say 100). The reptiles named after him are adorned with ocelli (eyelike spots). 
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  • Barbour, T. 1921. Sphaerodactylus. Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool. (Harvard) 47: 215-282. - get paper here
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  • GÓMEZ-SÁNCHEZ, DIEGO A. 2021. Discovery of the West Caribbean Ocellated Geckolet, Sphaerodactylus argus (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) on Old Providence Island in the Colombian Caribbean. Caribbean Herpetology 75: 1-3. - get paper here
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