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Sphaerodactylus richardi HEDGES & GARRIDO, 1993

IUCN Red List - Sphaerodactylus richardi - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Zapata Big-scaled Geckolet, Richard’s banded sphaero 
SynonymSphaerodactylus richardi HEDGES & GARRIDO 1993: 300
Sphaerodactylus richardi — RÖSLER 2000: 114 

Type locality: "8.7km ESE Playa Girón (Caleta Buena), Matanzas Province, Cuba, sea level"  
TypesHolotype: USNM 325838 
CommentBelongs to the scaber group of Sphaerodactylus.

Distribution: not listed for Jamaica by Wilson 2011. 
EtymologyNamed after Richard Thomas from the University of Puerto Rico, who made many important contributions to the herpetology of the West indies. See Bauer et al. 2021 for biographical details. 
  • Bauer, A. M., Daza, J. D., Herrera-Martínez, A., & Ospina, O. E. 2021. The herpetological contributions of Richard Thomas. The Anatomical Record, 1– 15 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Hedges, S. B. and O.H. Garrido. 1993. A new species of gecko (Sphaerodactylus) from central Cuba. Journal of Herpetology 27 (3): 300-306. - get paper here
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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