Sphaerodactylus sabanus COCHRAN, 1938
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Sphaerodactylus sabanus?
|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Saint Kitts Bank Geckolet, Saba Least Gecko|
|Synonym||Sphaerodactylus sabanus COCHRAN 1938:148|
Sphaerodactylus sabanus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 530
Sphaerodactylus sabanus — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus sabanus — RÖSLER 2000: 114
|Distribution||Antilles: Saba, Nevis, St. Christopher|
Type locality: Saba.
|Types||Holotype: USNM 103985.|
|Diagnosis||DESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL to 29 mm in males, to 28 mm in females); dorsals keeled, granular, slightly imbricate, axilla to groin 33-42; ventrals smooth, cycloid, axilla to groin 28-33; middorsal area of granular scales; dorsal caudal scales keeled, fiat, imbricate, acute, ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, mid-ventral row enlarged; 2 postnasals; 1-3 (mode 2) internasals; upper labials to mid-eye 3; gulars keeled, at least on sides of throat; midbody scales 47-66; escutcheon 5-6 x 22-28. No sexual dichromatism; dorsal ground color light to dark brown; head dull orange; dark brown stripe extends from nostril, through eye, onto neck where it turns toward midline just anterior to scapular region and fuses with line from opposite side; dark brown (or buffy outlined in black) line extends from tip of snout caudad between eyes, then divides, each half passing to a point immediately posterior to eye, then continues caudad and returns toward midline, circles an occipital spot, and fuses with dark lines from opposite side just anterior to scapular region; head stripes may fragment to form series of spots, or may fuse with one another to form vermiculations; occipital spot usually dark brown to black, or a white spot with dark edge; trunk pattern with dorsolateral row of light brown to white spots, becoming more pronounced (but sometimes absent) in sacral region, and united to form white stripes on tail; some juveniles and adults uniform brown; throat white (with yellow suffusion), yellow to faint orange; venter light brown, pale yellow, gray, or white; juvenile pattern identical to adult, but longitudinal stripes on head may be more pronoWlced, whereas vermiculate head pattern of adults more pronounced; iris brown (Saba), or black with yellow pupillary ring (St.|
Christopher) (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 530).
|Comment||For illustrations see King, 1962.|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality, Saba Island.|
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