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Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni SHREVE, 1968

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesSphaerodactylus darlingtoni darlingtoni SHREVE 1968
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni noblei (SHREVE 1968)
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni bobilini THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1983
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni mekistus THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1983 
Common NamesE: Northern Forest Geckolet, Darlington's Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus darlingtoni SHREVE 1968:15
Sphaerodactylus difficilis COCHRAN 1941 (part.)
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 486
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni — RÖSLER 2000: 111
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni darlingtoni — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni noblei (SHREVE 1968)
Sphaerodactylus noblei SHREVE 1968
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni noblei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 175
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni noblei — RÖSLER 2000: 111
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni noblei — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni bobilini THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1983
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni bobilini THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1983: 43
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni bobilini — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 175
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni bobilini — DE LISLE et al. 2013

Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni mekistus THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1983
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni mekistus THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1983: 45
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni mekistus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 175
Sphaerodactylus darlingtoni mekistus — DE LISLE et al. 2013 
DistributionDominican Republic (Barahona, Azua, Pico Diego de Ocampo, summit dome, between Puerta Plata and Santiago, Prov. Santiago, Sierra de Neiba, Province Duarte), Hispaniola.

darlingtoni: República Dominicana, western Cordillera Septentrional. Type locality: “Mt. Diego de Ocampo, summit dome, ca. 4000 feet, between Puerto Plata and Santiago, Dominican Republic”

bobilini: República Dominicana, Sierra Martin Garcia. Type locality: West slope of Mt. Bilsu, between 610 and 854 meters, Barahona Province, Republica Dominicana.

mekistus: República Dominicana, Sierra de Neiba. Type locality: 11 km S Comendador, 854 meters, Elias Pifia Province, Republica Dominicana

noblei: northeastern República Dominicana, southeast to Hato Mayor and La Romana provinces. Type locality: Los Bracitos, Duarte Province, Republica Dominicana.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MCZ 44380
Holotype: USNM 194045 [bobilini]
Holotype: USNM 194046 [mekistus]
Holotype: AMNH 45216 [noblei] 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL in males to 25 mm, in females to 29 mm); dorsals
large, acute, flattened, imbricate, axilla to groin 24-36; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 24-31; dorsal caudal scales keeled, acute, imbricate, flat-lying, ventral caudal scales smooth, cycloid, enlarged midventrally; snout moderately blunt, slightly depressed, not decurved; snout scales small, elongate, keeled, subimbricate to imbricate; 1-2 postnasals; 1-3 internasals; upper labials to mideye 3; gular scales between infralabial rami very small to small, keeled, almost granular, subimbricate, central gulars small to very small, almost granular, subimbricate, keeled; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 48-59; escutcheon with narrow central area with extensions onto thighs to behind knee, 2-5 (mode 2-3) x 14-28. Dorsum not sexually dichromatic; dorsum dark wood-brown (almost black), medium brown, brown, flecked with darker pigment; dorsal pattern with paired, white scapular ocelli divided into separate anterior and posterior portions, anterior portion roughly U-shaped with median anteriad indentation, posterior portion roughly U-shaped, set off from black scapular patch; head with light, central, bilobed mark followed by light (buffy, whitish, yellowish brown, yellow-tan, light brown), paired or bilobed marks on occiput; throat unmarked to heavily marked with dark pigment; sacrum with dorsolateral light lines; tail with light chevronate markings; venter pale to heavily pigmented, at times underlain with orange (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 486). 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed for P. J. Darlington, the collector of the type 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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.
  • 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
  • Thomas, R., and A. Schwartz. 1983. Part 2. Sphaerodactylus savagei, S. cochranae, S. darlingtoni, S. armstrongi, S. streptophorus, and conclusions. Pp. 31-60. 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
 
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