Lygodactylus cf. rex Broadley, 1963,

Conradie, Werner, Bittencourt-Silva, Gabriela B., Engelbrecht, Hanlie M., Loader, Simon P., Menegon, Michele, Nanvonamuquitxo, C, 2016, Exploration into the hidden world of Mozambique's sky island forests: new discoveries of reptiles and amphibians, Zoosystematics and Evolution 92 (2), pp. 163-180: 171

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zse.92.9948

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scientific name

Lygodactylus cf. rex Broadley, 1963
status

 

Taxon classification Animalia Squamata Gekkonidae

Lygodactylus cf. rex Broadley, 1963 

Material

Mt. Mabu ( PEM R21147, male, 48.1 mm SVL; PEM R21148, male, 42.1 mm SVL).

Comments

Specimens were collected from tree trunks in transitional miombo at lower slopes (Fig. 4D). These large geckos are morphologically similar to Lygodactylus rex  from Mt. Mulanje in that they share the large size of typical Lygodactylus rex  (up to 55 SVL: Portik et al. 2013b), the mental scale is very shallow with lateral slits, and the conspicuous ocellus (spot) above the shoulder. Given the high level of genetic diversity in montane species of this genus ( Portik et al. 2013b, Travers et al. 2014) this could either represent an extension of its distribution or a new species. For that reason, we tentatively assign it to Lygodactylus rex  .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Gekkonidae

Genus

Lygodactylus