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Sphaerodactylus elegantulus BARBOUR, 1917

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Antigua Bank Geckolet, Antigua Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus elegantulus BARBOUR 1917:163
Sphaerodactylus elegantulus — BURT & MYERS 1942
Sphaerodactylus elegantulus — KING 1962: 18
Sphaerodactylus elegantulus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 492
Sphaerodactylus elegantulus — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus elegantulus — RÖSLER 2000: 112 
DistributionAntilles, Antigua, Barbuda

Type locality: Antigua.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 12084. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 28 mm, in females to 29 mm); dorsals large, acute, strongly keeled, imbricate, 24-31 axilla to groin; middorsal area of granular scales 1-3 rows wide; ventrals smooth, cycloid, 25-32 axilla to groin; dorsal caudal scales keeled, flat, imbricate, acute; ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, no enlarged midventral row of scales; snout scales flat, smooth to weakly keeled, juxtaposed; 2 postnasals; 1-3 (mode 2) internasals; upper labials to mideye 2-3 (mode 3); gular scales keeled on sides of throat (occasionally keeled gulars extend across throat in a narrow band); midbody scales 41-49; escutcheon 3-6 x 22-25. Color pattern undergoes ontogenetic change: juvenile dorsum light brown, pattern of white crossbands edged with dark brown on neck, trunk, and tail (4-6 between axilla and groin), chin and venter white; with increasing age, dorsal crossbands fade or become indistinguishable from dorsal ground color; adult dorsal ground color varies from light to dark brown; dorsum may be uniform in color or speckled with dark scales (which may form vermiculations, especially on head); chin and venter white to light brown (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 493). 
CommentFor illustrations see Barbour, 1921; King, 1962. 
  • Barbour, T. 1917. A new Antillean Sphaerodactylus. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 30: 163-164. - get paper here
  • Barbour, T. 1921. Sphaerodactylus. Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool. (Harvard) 47: 215-282. - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E. & Myers, George S. 1942. Neotropical lizards in the collection of the Natural History Museum of Stanford University. Stanford University Press, 52 pp.
  • Daltry, Jennifer C. 2007. An introduction to the herpetofauna of Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda, with some conservation recommendations. Applied Herpetology 4 (2): 97-130. - get paper here
  • King, W. 1962. Systematics of Lesser Antillean lizards of the genus Sphaerodactylus. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences, 7:1-52 - get paper here
  • Malhotra, A. & Thorpe, R.S. 1999. Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. MacMillan, London & Oxford
  • Parker, H. W. 1933. Some amphibians and reptiles from the Lesser Antilles. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (10) 11:151-158. - 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.
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