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Sphaerodactylus leucaster SCHWARTZ, 1973

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Broken-striped Geckolet, Eastern Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus leucaster SCHWARTZ 1973:36
Sphaerodactylus leucaster — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 503
Sphaerodactylus leucaster — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus leucaster — RÖSLER 2000: 112 
DistributionHispaniola: Dominican Republic

Type locality: El Higuito, 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) NE Fondo Negro, Barahona Province, República Dominicana.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 189234. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 27 mm, in females to 31 mm); dorsals keeled, slightly imbricate, axilla to groin 19-29; a few small middorsal scales; ventrals cycloid, smooth, axilla to groin 20-32; dorsal caudal scales small, keeled, ventral caudal scales smooth; snout blunt, convex, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, granular; 2 postnasals; 1-2 (mode 2) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3-5 (strongly modally 4); gular scales smooth, imbricate; chest scales smooth, imbricate; midbody scales 35-46; escutcheon 5-8 x 8-24; pupil vertically elliptical. Color weakly sexually dichromatic; dorsum lavender with (males) 2 dark brown dorsolateral and 2 brown ventrolateral stripes, the dorsolateral "stripes" with 4-7 relatively large, distinct, white spots/"stripe"; head and throat orange; a dark brown median nuchal line; tail yellow; dorsum (females) like males, but head lavender with random, dark brown stippling on snout, some dark stippling on white throat; nuchal dark brown line at times with 2 arms extending onto head to form an occipital Y; venter flesh-colored (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 503). 
CommentFor illustrations see Schwartz, 1973; Schwartz and Graham, 1980 (fig. 2B); Thomas and Hedges, 1988. 
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A and E. D. Graham, Jr. 1980. The shrevei group of Hispaniolan Sphaerodactylus (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). Tulane Studies Zool. Bot. 22: 1-15. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Schwartz. A. 1973. A third species of tie Hispaniolan shrevei group of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae),. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 86: 35-40. - 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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