Sphaerodactylus rosaurae PARKER, 1940
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Sphaerodactylus rosaurae?
|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Bay Islands Large-scaled Geckolet, Bay Island Least Gecko|
|Synonym||Sphaerodactylus rosaurae PARKER 1940: 264|
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — WERMUTH 1965: 172
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — KÖHLER 2000: 51
Sphaerodactylus rosaurae — MCCRANIE 2018
|Distribution||Honduras: Helene Island|
"Restricted to Islas de la Bahia (Honduras)" (Villa et al. 1988)
Type locality: Helene Island, Bay Islands, Honduras.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19184.108.40.206, male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The combination of lacking moveable eyelids, having the dorsal surface of the head covered with small to granular scales, having the claws displaced laterally by expanded terminal subdigital lamella, and having a superciliary spine distinguishes Sphaerodactylus rosaurae from all other Honduran lizards, except the remaining Sphaerodactylus. Sphaerodactylus rosaurae differs from those species of Sphaerodactylus, except S. alphus, by having 1–3 middorsal rows of granular scales sharply and distinctively differentiated from the larger surrounding dorsal scales. Sphaerodactylus alphus has a white occipital spot and is known to reach a SVL of 41.2 mm (versus no white occipital spot and maximum known SVL 38.5 mm in S. rosaurae). Molecular studies also recovered those two species as separate evolutionary species (McCranie 2018: 131).|
Color in life: (adult male, USNM 570201): dorsal surface of body Olive (30) with scattered black spots; dorsal surface of head rusty brown; dorsal surfaces of foreand hind limb Olive with black spots; dorsal surface of tail pale brown with dark brown mottling; lateral surface of head anterior to eyes pale brown, except supralabials with alternating dark brown and cream bars; cream, dark brown outlined postsubocular band present, band extends onto throat region; area around ear opening rust brown with yellowish brown mottling; ventral surface of body gray; subcaudal surface cream with dark brown reticulations; toe pads white; iris dark brown with pale brown rim (McCranie 2018: 131).
|Etymology||Named afer the yacht of Lord Moyne; the type was collected on a cruise on that yacht.|