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Sphaerodactylus inigoi THOMAS & SCHWARTZ, 1966

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Isla Vieques Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus macrolepis inigoi THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966: 220
Sphaerodactylus macrolepis inigoi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988: 182
Sphaerodactylus inigoi — DAZA et al. 2019: 165 
DistributionIsla Vieques, including satellites

Type locality: Ensenada Sun Bay (= Ensenada Sombe), Isla Vieques.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 81055 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: SVL Min/Max (14.18/30 mm), midbody scales 33–41 (x̅ 36.8), four or five loreal scales (also in S. parvus, contrasting with five or six in S. macrolepis and S. grandisquamis), two or three postmental scales (two in S. macrolepis, S. grandisquamis, and S. parvus), a low number of dorsal body scales from axilla to groin (15 to 18, differing from S. parvus and S. grandisquamis except S. g. stibarus [14–16 scales]). Males dorsal head pattern absent or very faint except a dull parietal spot (Thomas & Schwartz 1966); males with no pigmentation on throat, females with throat pattern; males from Culebra might have some pigmentation on the throat; males with red to yellow head; males and females with reduced scapular patch; males and females with dorsal lines stippled; males dorsal pattern salt and pepper; females with medial lines fused to form a blotch or imperfect line; shortened snout. SVL is smaller in specimens from West Culebra (Min=14.04 mm, Max=26.88 mm) than in specimens from Vieques (Min=14.18 mm, Max=30 mm) (Daza et al. 2019: 165) 
CommentHabitat: terrestrial

Genome: A trio was sequenced by Bergeron et al. 2023. 
EtymologyNamed after Sr. Felix Iñigo of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, for “his unfailing courtesy toward us in our endeavors in his country.” 
  • Bergeron, L.A., Besenbacher, S., Zheng, J. et al. 2023. Evolution of the germline mutation rate across vertebrates. Nature - get paper here
  • DAZA, JUAN D.; BRENDAN J. PINTO, RICHARD THOMAS, ALEXANDRA HERRERA-MARTINEZ, DANIEL P. SCANTLEBURY, LUIS F. PADILLA GARCÍA, RAJESH P. BALARAMAN, GAD PERRY, TONY GAMBLE 2019. The sprightly little sphaerodactyl: Systematics and biogeography of the Puerto Rican dwarf geckos Sphaerodactylus (Gekkota, Sphaerodactylidae). Zootaxa 4712 (2): 151–201 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Thomas, R., and A. Schwartz. 1966. Sphaerodactylus (Gekkonidae) in the greater Puerto Rico region. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences, 10:193—260 - get paper here
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