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Sphaerodactylus sommeri GRAHAM, 1981

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Northwest Haitian Banded Geckolet, TerreNueve Least Gecko 
SynonymSphaerodactylus sommeri GRAHAM 1981: 363
Sphaerodactylus sommeri — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 536
Sphaerodactylus sommeri — KLUGE 1993
Sphaerodactylus sommeri — RÖSLER 2000: 114 
DistributionHaiti (St.Nicolas), Hispaniola

Type locality: 12.2 km W Ca Soleil, Departement de l’Artibonite, Haiti  
TypesHolotype: USNM 197337 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 30 mm, in females to 35 mm); dorsals large, keeled, slightly imbricate, axilla to groin 16-18; no area of middorsal granules or granular scales; ventrals smooth, small, cycloid, axilla to groin 30-37; dorsal caudal scales smooth, flat-lying, acute, imbricate, ventral caudal scales cycloid, imbricate, enlarged midventrally; snout rather short, acuminate, not depressed or decurved; snout scales large, broad, flat, smooth, juxtaposed; 1 postnasal; 1 internasal; upper labials to mideye 3; gular scales smooth; chest scales smooth; midbody scales 34-42. No sexual dichromatism; dorsum light gray with alternating bands of white to cream and light brown to black; dark bands broken (in males and some females) to give mottled effect, bands more complete in juveniles and some females; head reddish brown to tan; a light brown canthal line through eye, ending in black postocular spot at same distance as median dorsal spot, followed in tum by 3 incomplete, dark brown bands across neck, the latter
.anterior to forelimb insertions; upper surfaces of limbs and tail with scattered cream and black scales giving mottled effect; venter very pale cream with some black scales on underside of tail (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 536). 
CommentFor illustrations see Graham, 1981.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after William W. Sommer, an entomologist at the Allyn Museum of Entomology, Sarasota, Florida (now part of the University of Florida). He and Graham collected together in Haiti (1978). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Graham, F. D., Jr. 1981. A new species of lizard (Sphaerodactylus) from northwestern Haiti. Journal of Herpetology 15 (3): 363-366. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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.
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