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Sphaerodactylus clenchi SHREVE, 1968

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus clenchi apocoptus SCHWARTZ 1983
Sphaerodactylus clenchi clenchi SHREVE 1968 
Common NamesE: Orange-spotted Geckolet, Peninsula Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus clenchi SHREVE 1968: 21
Sphaerodactylus clenchii — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 171
Sphaerodactylus clenchi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 478
Sphaerodactylus clenchi — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus clenchi — RÖSLER 2000: 111
Sphaerodactylus clenchi clenchi — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus clenchi apocoptus SCHWARTZ 1983
Sphaerodactylus clenchi apocoptus SCHWARTZ 1983
Sphaerodactylus clenchi apocoptus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 171
Sphaerodactylus clenchi apocoptus — DE LISLE et al. 2013 
DistributionDominican Republic, Hispaniola

Type locality: “Samana [= Santa Barbara de Samana], Samana, Dominican Republic”

apocoptus: Dominican Republic (coastal Altagracia); Type locality: Playa El Coco, 46 km N Higüey, La Altagracia Province, Republica Dominicana.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 43706
Holotype: USNM, adult female, collected by J.A. Rodgers and J.B. Strong on 13 june 1969. Paratypes: ASFS, CM, [apocoptus] 
EtymologyNamed for William J. Clench, the collector of the type. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Leuck, B.E., K.W. Hughes & H.Y. Cheng 1990. Social Displays of Experimentally Paired Dwarf Geckos (Sphaerodactylus clenchi) Journal of Herpetology 24 (4): 416-418. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A. 1983. Part 1. Sphaerodactylus difficilis, S. clenchi, and S. lazelli. Pp. 5-30. In: Schwartz, A., and R. Thomas. The difficilis complex of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae) of Hispaniola. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, (22): 1-60
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Shreve, B. 1968. The notatus group of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae) in Hispaniola. Breviora (280): 1-28 - get paper here
  • Thomas R. and S. B. Hedges 1988. Two new geckos (Sphaerodactylus) from the Sierra Martin Garcia of Hispaniola. Herpetologica 44: 96-104. - get paper here
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