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Sphaerodactylus asterulus SCHWARTZ & GRAHAM, 1980

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Haitian Stippled Geckolet, Haitian Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus asterulus SCHWARTZ & GRAHAM 1980: 8
Sphaerodactylus asterulus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 470
Sphaerodactylus asterulus — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus asterulus — RÖSLER 2000: 110 

Type locality: 9.3 km W Ça Soleil, 92 m, Département de l'Artibonite, Haiti.  
TypesHolotype: CM 60521. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 31 mm, in females to 31 mm); dorsals keeled, slightly imbricate to nonimbricate, axilla to groin 17-24; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, imbricate, cycloid, axilla to groin 25-33; dorsal caudal scales keeled, erected, acute, imbricate, ventral caudal scales slightly acute, imbricate, not enlarged midventrally~ snout blunt, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, broad, swollen, smooth, slightly imbricate; 2 postnasals; 1-4 (strongly modally 2) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3-5 (strongly modally 4); central gular scales smooth; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 33-42; escutcheon 1-9 x 6-21. Dorsal pattern rather weakly sexually dichromatic; dorsum with 2 dark brown dorsolateral and dark brown lateral lines on purplish tan ground; dorsolateral lines with a series of tiny white dots, each encompassing a granule (on neck) or a portion of a dorsal scale (on body), as many as 12 on each side; a dark brown nuchal Y, which may disappear or become more diffuse with increasing size or darker ground, Y most often represented only by its stem in males, complete in females; heads yellowish to yellow in males, only faintly yellowish in females; throat and tail bright yellow in males; often with some sort of stippled, lineate, or reticulate dark throat pattern in both sexes, more pronounced and frequent in males (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 470). 
CommentFor illustrations see Schwartz and Graham, 1980 (Fig. 2D). 
  • Cunningham, Carol A.; Tulloch, John S.; Powell, Robert 1993. Food habits of four Hispaniolan species of Sphaerodactylus (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae). Herpetological Natural History 1 (2): 1-10
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A and E. D. Graham, Jr. 1980. The shrevei group of Hispaniolan Sphaerodactylus (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). Tulane Studies Zool. Bot. 22: 1-15. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
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