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Sphaerodactylus shrevei LAZELL, 1961

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Northwest Haitian Blotched Geckolet, Shreve's Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus shrevei LAZELL 1961:1
Sphaerodactylus shrevei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 535
Sphaerodactylus shrevei — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus shrevei — RÖSLER 2000: 114 
DistributionHaiti, Hispaniola

Type locality: Môle St.-Nicholas, Département du Nord-Ouest, Haiti.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 62548. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in only male 24 mm, in females to 30 mm);
dorsals keeled, subimbricate to nonimbricate, axilla to groin 22-27; an ill-defined middorsal zone of smaller keeled scales not forming a continuous dorsal row; ventrals smooth, cycloid, axilla to groin 31-33; dorsal caudal scales keeled, flat-lying, acute, imbricate, ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, not enlarged midventrally; snout blunt, not depressed or decurved; snout scales small, broad, swollen, smooth, juxtaposed; 3 postnasals; 1-2 (mode 1) internasals; upper labials to mideye 4-5 (mode 4); gular scales smooth; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 38-46; escutcheon with compact central area and 1 row of scales to behind knee, 6 'X 25 (subaduIt male). Color and pattern not sexually dichromatic; dorsum gray with about 5 irregular crossbands, often broken middorsally, to give a series of dark dorsolateral blotches; head with broad, dark gray cephalic U enclosing darkly stippled snout; a supraaxillary pair and a postaxillary pair of more or less rectangular dark blotches; an irregular ventrolateral line of much smaller blotch-like figures; venter white (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 535). 
CommentFor illustrations see Schwartz and Graham, 1980 (fig. 2A). 
EtymologyNamed after Benjamin Shreve (1908-1985), a volunteer herpetologist at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (being from a wealthy family of jewelers). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Lazell, J. D. Jr. 1961. A new species of Sphaerodactylus from northern Haiti. Breviora (139): 1-5. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schwartz, A and E. D. Graham, Jr. 1980. The shrevei group of Hispaniolan Sphaerodactylus (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). Tulane Studies Zool. Bot. 22: 1-15. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Schwartz. A. 1973. A third species of tie Hispaniolan shrevei group of Sphaerodactylus (Sauria, Gekkonidae),. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 86: 35-40. - get paper here
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