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Tarentola deserti BOULENGER, 1891

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Desert Wall Gecko 
SynonymTarentola mauritanica var. deserti BOULENGER 1891
Tarentola mauritanica var. deserti LATASTE 1891 (see comment)
Tarentola mauritanica variete Saharae DOUMERGUE 1899 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947: 319)
Tarentola mauritanica deserti — LOVERIDGE 1947: 319
Tarentola mauritanica deserti — BONS 1959
Tarentola mauritanica deserti — WERMUTH 1965: 181
Tarentola deserti — JOGER 1984
Tarentola deserti — KLUGE 1993
Tarentola deserti — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 270
Tarentola (Tarentola) deserti — RÖSLER 2000: 116
Tarentola deserti — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012 
DistributionSahara: N Algeria, E Morocco, S Tunisia, NW Libya

Type locality: restricted to Ouargla, Algerian Sahara, 34.85° 5.7333° (WGS84).  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-4641 
DiagnosisDescription: Loveridge 1947: 319. 
CommentSynonymy partly after LOVERIDGE 1947.

This species was apparently described in some unpublished notes by Lataste which served as basis for Boulenger’s formal description. 
  • Barata, Mafalda; Ana Perera, D. James Harris, Arie van der Meijden, Salvador Carranza, Francisco Ceacero, Enrique García-Muñoz, Duarte Gonçalves, Sérgio Henriques, Fátima Jorge, Jonathan C. Marshall, Luis Pedrajas and Pedro Sousa 2011. New observations of amphibians and reptiles in Morocco, with a special emphasis on the eastern region. Herpetological Bulletin (116): 4 - get paper here
  • Barts, M. 1992. Zur Haltung und Zucht von Tarentola deserti (BOULENGER 1891). Sauria 14 (2): 23-26 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Jonathan C. DeBoer , Dylan J. Taylor 2017. Atlas of the Reptiles of Libya. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (8): 155-318 - get paper here
  • Bons, J. 1959. Les lacertiliens du sud-ouest Marocain; systematique, repartition geographique, ethologie, ecologie. Instit. Sci. Cherifien, Rabat, Trav. (Ser. Zool.) no. 18 130 pp.
  • Boulenger, George A. 1891. Catalogue of the reptiles and batrachians of Barbary (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), based chiefly upon the notes and collections made in 1880-1884 by M. Fernand Lataste. Tr. Zool. Soc. 13: 93-164
  • Damas-Moreira, Isabel, Beatriz Tome, James Harris, Joao P. Maia and Daniele Salvi. 2014. Moroccan herpetofauna: distribution updates. Herpetozoa 27 (1/2): 96-102 - get paper here
  • Harris, D. James; Vasco Batista, Petros Lymberakis and Miguel A. Carretero 2004. Complex estimates of evolutionary relationships in Tarentola mauritanica (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) derived from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30 (3): 855-859 - get paper here
  • Joger U 1984. Taxonomische Revision der Gattung Tarentola (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 35 (1-3): 129-174 - get paper here
  • Joger, Ulrich & Ismail Bshaenia 2010. A new Tarentola subspecies (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) endemic to Tunisia. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 267–274 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1947. Revision of the African lizards of the family Gekkondiae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 98: 1-469 - get paper here
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Tlili, Wided; Aymen Nefla, Michel Delaugerre, Ridha Ouni, Saïd Nouira 2014. Factors determining Gekkotan (Reptilia, Sauria) distribution in Tunisia (North Africa). Acta Herpetologica 9 (2): 203-217 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
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