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Sphaerodactylus ruibali GRANT, 1959

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Guantanamo Bay Geckolet, Ruibal's Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus ruibali GRANT 1959: 53
Sphaerodactylus ruibali — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 529
Sphaerodactylus ruibali — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus ruibali — RÖSLER 2000: 114 
DistributionAntilles, Cuba (Guantanamo Province)

Type locality: U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo, Guantánamo Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 44246. 
CommentFor illustrations see Thomas and Schwartz, 1966. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, Cuban herpetologist Rodolfo Ruibal (1927-2016), who spent most of his career at UC Riverside. See Lillywhite 2016 for an obituary. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Fong, A. & Diaz 2004. Two new species of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the southeastern coast of Cuba. Solenodon 4: 73-84
  • Grant, C. 1959. Another new Sphaerodactylus from Guantanamo, Cuba. Herpetologica 15 (1): 53 - get paper here
  • Kaup, B. 2012. Farbenfrohe Winzlinge – Kugelfingergeckos im heimischen Wohnzimmer. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (97): 39-45 - get paper here
  • Lillywhite, Harvey B. 2016. Obituary: Herpetology loses a class act: Rodolfo Ruibal, 1927-2016. Herpetological Review 47 (4): 741-745 - 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
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Thomas, R., and A. Schwartz. 1966. The Sphaerodactylus decoratus complex in the West Indies. Brigham Young University Science Bulletin, 7:1-26 - get paper here
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