Sphaerodactylus armasi SCHWARTZ & GARRIDO, 1974
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Guantanamo Coastal Geckolet, Guantanamo Least Gecko|
|Synonym||Sphaerodactylus armasi SCHWARTZ & GARRIDO 1974:339|
Sphaerodactylus armasi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 468
Sphaerodactylus armasi — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus armasi — RÖSLER 2000: 110
|Distribution||SE Cuba (Cabo Mais, Baracoa, Provinces Oriente, Guantanamo)|
Type locality: Cabo Maisi, Baracoa, Guantánamo Province, Cuba.
|Types||Holotype: CZACC (= IZAC = IZ) 4089, paratype: CMN AR 15849 (Ottawa)|
|Diagnosis||DESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 28 mm, in females to 30 mm); dorsals small, almost granular, slightly keeled dorsolaterally, axilla to groin 45-60; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 29-41; dorsal caudal scales smooth, flat-lying, imbricate, acute, ventral caudal scales acute, imbricate, not enlarged midventrally; snout rather blunt, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, narrow, flat, smooth, juxtaposed; 3 postnasals; 0-2 (mode 1) intemasals; upper labials to mideye 3-5 (mode 4); midbody scales 62-89; escutcheon 3-11 x 6-21. Sexually dichromatic; dorsum (males) pale tan (as preserved) with very fine, darker tan to brownish stippling; no lineate head pattern in full adults but at times coarse brown to black head spotting, extending onto throat; dorsum (females) brownish gray to tan, with 5 pale bands derived from a series of anterior-to-posterior pale, elongate ocelli fused with each other laterally, each band bordered anteriorly and posteriorly by dark gray to black edging; bands scalloped or irregular to conform to fused nature of pale bandcenters; prominent pair of pale postsacral ocelli; head pattern lineate and simple, a pair of canthal-postocular dark lines, fusing to form occipital band, canthal portion of line often expanded to blacken entire loreal region; occasionally with a vague, dark occipital U included between canthal-postocular lines; juveniles patterned like females, but pattern more regular and less diffuse (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 468).|
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Luis F. de Armas (b. 1945), a Cuban zoologist, arachnologist, and herpetologist.|
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