Sphaerodactylus monensis MEERWARTH, 1901
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Mona Geckolet, Mona Least Gecko|
|Synonym||Sphaerodactylus macrolepis var. monensis MEERWARTH 1901: 20|
Sphaerodactylus monensis — STEJNEGER 1904: 607
Sphaerodactylus monensis — BARBOUR 1937: 112
Sphaerodactylus monensis — WERMUTH 1965: 170
Sphaerodactylus monensis — THOMAS & SCHWARTZ 1966: 232
Sphaerodactylus monensis — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 510
Sphaerodactylus monensis — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus monensis — RÖSLER 2000: 113
|Distribution||Antilles: Isla Mona|
Type locality: Isla Mona, Antilles.
|Types||Syntypes: lost (destroyed, formerly ZMH), fide SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 510)|
|Diagnosis||DESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 30 mm, in females to 30 mm); dorsals very large, acute, strongly keeled, flattened, imbricate, axilla to groin 23-32; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth (usually) to keeled anteriorly, cycloid, imbricate, axilla to groin 22-32; dorsal caudal scales keeled, acute, imbricate, flat-lying, ventral caudal scales smooth, cycloid, enlarged midventrally; snout short, rather broad; snout scales large, broad, swollen, juxtaposed; 2 postnasals; 1-3 (mode 1) internasals; upper labials to mideye 3; gular scales usually keeled, rarely smooth; chest scales smooth to completely keeled; midbody scales 42-51; escutcheon short and compact with extensions onto thighs but never reaching knees, 4-7 x 9-18. Not sexually dichromatic; dorsum chocolate to gray-brown, with dark brown dorsal markings varying from isolated dark scales to almost a dark reticulum composed of individual darker scales; a black scapular patch, prominently outlined with very pale gray and including an irregular and often transversely elongate pair of very pale gray ocelli; a dark, prominent sacral U; head pattern not bold, consisting of: (1) a pair of dark brown, preocular lines on snout (usually joined to form reversed V), and (2) a pair of brown postorbital lines extending onto neck, often enclosing grayish brown diamond, incised medially by vague, brown occipital spot; no nuchal spots; throat immaculate pinkish gray; venter gray to yellowish; tail unicolor, with a pair of longitudinal dorsal lines, or spotted with darker pigment; iris brown to gray-brown (from Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 510).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
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