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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesTarentola ephippiata hoggarensis WERNER 1937
Tarentola ephippiata nikolausi JOGER 1984
Tarentola ephippiata senegambiae JOGER 1984
Tarentola ephippiata ephippiata O’SHAUGHNESSY 1875 
Common NamesE: African Wall Gecko 
SynonymTarentola ephippiata O’SHAUGHNESSY 1875
Tarentola ephippiata — BOULENGER 1885: 198
Tarentola delalandii hoggarensis WERNER 1937
Tarentola annullaris ephippiata — LOVERIDGE 1947: 320
Tarentola panousei PASTEUR 1959 (fide GRANDISON 1961)
Tarentola panousei — BONS 1959
Tarentola hoggarensis panousei — PASTEUR 1960
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) ephippiata nikolausi JOGER 1984
Tarentola ephippiata — KLUGE 1993
Tarentola ephippiata — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 271
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) ephippiata — RÖSLER 2000: 116
Tarentola ephippiata — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008

Tarentola ephippiata hoggarensis WERNER 1937
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) ephippiata hoggarensis JOGER 1984
Tarentola ephippiata hoggarensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Tarentola hoggarensis — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012
Tarentola hoggarensis — MARTÍNEZ et al. 2019
Tarentola hoggarensis — BOUAZZA et al. 2021

Tarentola ephippiata nikolausi JOGER 1984
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) ephippiata nikolausi JOGER 1984
Tarentola ephippiata nikolausi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008

Tarentola ephippiata senegambiae JOGER 1984
Tarentola (Sahelogecko) ephippiata senegambiae JOGER 1984
Tarentola ephippiata senegambiae — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Tarentola senegambiae — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012
Tarentola senegambiae — SOW et al. 2017 
DistributionS Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria (Hoggar Mountains), Mauritania, Central African Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, N Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), S Chad, Benin (BAUER et al. 2006),
Senegal, Gambia ?, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast

ephippiata: S Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Mali south of Niger riverm Benin, Togo, SW Niger, N Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad; Type locality: “West Africa”.

hoggarensis: S Morocco, Algeria, south to Senegal river, Mali north of Niger river, C Niger, Chad; Type locality: Hoggar Mountains, Algeria.

nikolausi: Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS) (Red Sea Province)

senegambiae: W/S Senegal, Guinea-Bissau; Mauritania  
TypesType: BMNH 1865.2.17.10 (and possibly additional specimens).
Neotype: ZFMK 36609 (designated by Joger, 1984) [hoggarensis]
Holotype: ZFMK 38431 (Abb. 8), 0", legt G. Nikolaus, 25. 7. 1982; paratype: BMNH [nikolausi]
Holotype: ZFMK 19979; paratypes: BMNH, ZFMK, SMF, HLMD RA 1680 and 1681 (formerly ZFMK 17136 and 17117); ZMB 79563 (formerly ZFMK 17119) [senegambiae] 
CommentSpecies has been confused with T. annularis and T. parvicarinata (at least in Mali). 
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  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
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