Sphaerodactylus klauberi GRANT, 1931
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Puerto Rican Upland Geckolet, Puerto Rican highland sphaero, Klauber's Least Gecko|
|Synonym||Sphaerodactylus klauberi GRANT 1931: 207|
Sphaerodactylus klauberi — THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966: 236
Sphaerodactylus klauberi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 500
Sphaerodactylus klauberi — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus klauberi — RÖSLER 2000: 112
Type locality: El Yunque, Bosque Experimental de Luquillo, Puerto Rico.
|Types||Holotype: MCZ 34473.|
|Diagnosis||DESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 36 mm, in females to 37 mm); dorsals moderate to small, acute to cycloid, strongly keeled, flattened, imbricate, axilla to groin 23-32; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals partly to entirely keeled, acute, imbricate, axilla to groin 24-34; dorsal caudal scales acute, imbricate, flat-lying, ventral caudal scales smooth, cycloid, enlarged midventrally; snout broad, short, rather blunt; snout scales small, narrow, flat, slightly imbricate; 3 postnasals; 1-6 (modes 1 and 3, by population) internasals; upper labials to mideye 2-3 (strongly modally 3); gular scales partly to entirely keeled; chest scales partly to entirely keeled; midbody scales 42-67; escutcheon large with extensions well onto thighs, 3-7 x 14-27. Not sexually dichromatic; dorsum dark brown, with irregular darker and lighter spots and mottling; scapular pattern present in most specimens, patch black, well-developed to diffuse and broken, with paired white to light gray ocelli; head pattern complex: (1) light brown postocular stripes extend onto neck, frequently joined by transverse stripe, which may be centrally scalloped, (2) a dark, transverse occipital spot adjoined laterally by dark stripes, which pass posteriorly over eyelids, leaving a light, bitobed cephalic figure, and (3) other light and dark vermiculations at times present; sacral pattern U-shaped; throat black-and-gray mottled or uniform light gray; venter and underside of tail typically orange, reddish pink, or yellow, but may be gray; iris orange (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 500).|
|Comment||For illustrations see Grant, 1931; Thomas and Schwartz, 1966; Rivero, 1978.|
|Etymology||Named after Laurence Monroe Klauber, (1883-1968) American herpetologist. Short biography in Lovich et al. (2008).|
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