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Sphaerodactylus micropithecus SCHWARTZ, 1977

IUCN Red List - Sphaerodactylus micropithecus - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Monito Geckolet, Monito Gecko, Isla Monito Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus micropithecus SCHWARTZ 1977: 986
Sphaerodactylus micropithecus — DODD & ORTIZ 1984
Sphaerodactylus micropithecus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 509
Sphaerodactylus micropithecus — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus micropithecus — RÖSLER 2000: 113 
DistributionPuerto Rico

Type locality: Isla Monito.  
TypesHolotype: UF/FSM 21570. 
CommentFor illustrations see Schwartz, 1977; Dodd and Ortiz R., 1983; Dodd and Ortiz R., 1984.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • Dodd, C. K., Jr 1985. Sphaerodactylus micropithecus. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (363. - get paper here
  • Dodd, C.K. and Ortiz R., P.R. 1983. An endemic gecko in the Caribbean. Oryx 17 (3): 119-121. - get paper here
  • Dodd, C.K. and Ortiz R., P.R. 1984. Variation of dorsal pattem and scale counts in the Monito gecko, Sphaerodactylus micropithecus. Copeia 1984 (3): 768-70. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A. 1977. A new species of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae) from Isla Monito, West Indies. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 90:985-992. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • ZEGARRA-VILA, JAN P.; MIGUEL A. GARCÍA-BERMÚDEZ, CIELO E. FIGUEROLA-HERNÁNDEZ, IVÁN LLERANDI-ROMÁN, NICOLE ANGELI, RICARDO LÓPEZ-ORTIZ, JOSÉ A. CRUZ-BURGOS & OMAR A. MONSEGUR-RIVERA. 2022. The Road to Recovery of the Monito Gecko (Sphaerodactylus micropithecus). Caribbean Naturalist 87: 1–15. - get paper here
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