Garzoniella longipes Perret, 1976,

Metallinou, Margarita & Crochet, Pierre-André, 2013, Nomenclature of African species of the genus Stenodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae), Zootaxa 3691 (3), pp. 365-376: 373-374

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Garzoniella longipes Perret, 1976


Garzoniella longipes Perret, 1976 

1976 Garzoniella longipes Perret, Revue  Suisse de Zoologie 83: 762.

This nomen was based on a single specimen collected by J. Garzoni during a journey through the Sahara: from Tunisia ( Tunis) through Libya (Tripoli, Sebha, Ubari (= Awbari), Ghat) to Niger (Madama), then eastern Algeria (Djanet) and back to Tunis via Ghadames ( Libya) and Tozeur ( Tunisia). As he did not provide a record of where he collected the specimen, the type locality could be anywhere in the area between Tunis, Tozeur, Djanet, Madama, Sebha and Tripoli, along the itinerary followed by J. Garzoni. Perret (1976) suggested that the type locality is in the Fezzan between Ghat and Sebha, but there seems to be little support for this statement. The type specimen is still extant in the Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Genève (MHNG 1520.20, see Schätti et al. 2002). The pictures and description published by Perret (1976) leaves no doubt that the type is a young Stenodactylus sthenodactylus  with a damaged tail. The scalation beneath the toes and fingers, the thick tail and the coloration rule out S. petrii  (including S. stenurus  ). The raised nostril, habitus and coloration are typical of S. sthenodactylus  , but not S. mauritanicus  .

Name-bearing type: Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Genève MHNG 1520.20, holotype by monotypy. Type locality: central Sahara between Tunis, Tozeur ( Tunisia), Djanet ( Algeria), Madama ( Niger), Sebha ( Libya) and Tripoli.

Proposed status: subjective junior synonym of Stenodactylus sthenodactylus ( Lichtenstein, 1823)  .