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Taxonomy of the family Gekkonidae
Bibliography of the genus Lygodactylus
Biodiversity of the family Gekkonidae








Genus
Lygodactylus

African-Neotropical Dwarf Geckos

Afro-Amerikanische Zwerggeckos

Afrikansk-Amerikanske Dværggekkoer

1864 Lygodactylus Gray (type species: Lygodactylus strigatus Gray 1864)
1880 Scalabotes Peters (type species: Scalabotes thomensis Peters 1880; syn. Kluge 1991)
1883 Microscalabotes Boulenger (type species: Microscalabotes cowanii Boulenger 1883; syn. Röll, Pröhl & Hoffmann 2010)
1962 Millotisaurus Pasteur (type species: Millotisaurus mirabilis Pasteur 1962; syn. Pasteur 1995)
1964 Domerguella Pasteur (type species: Lygodactylus miops Günther 1891; syn. Pasteur 1964)
1977 Vanzoia Smith, Martin & Swain (type species: Vanzoia klugei Smith, Martin & Swain 1977; syn. Bons & Pasteur 1977)
Contents: 78 species, of which 49 (62.8%) are endemic.
Remarks: Includes Millotisaurus, previously regarded as a separate genus (e.g., Pasteur 1962), but reduced to a subgenus of Lygodactylus by Pasteur (1995). Also includes Vanzoia, which previously contained the two New World Lygodactylus species (klugei, wetzeli).
Distribution: South America, SubSaharan Africa, Madagascar.
Reported from: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil (Alagoas, Bahia, Ceara, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe), Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Equatorial Guinea (Annobon, Bioko, Rio Muni), Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Europa Island, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau (incl. Bijagos Archipelago), Ivory Coast, Juan de Nova, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar (incl. Nosy Be), Malawi, Mali, Mozambique (incl. Bazaruto Archipelago [Benguerua]), Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe (Principe, Rolas Island, Sao Tome), Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania (incl. Mafia, Pemba, Zanzibar), Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Lygodactylus angolensis

Angolan Dwarf Gecko

Angolischer Zwerggecko

Angola-dværggekko

1897 Lygodactylus angolensis Bocage
1933 Lygodactylus laurae Schmidt (Marques, Ceríaco, Buehler, Bandeira, Janota & Bauer 2020)

Distribution: Angola, Botswana, Congo-Kinshasa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Lygodactylus angularis

Angulated Dwarf Gecko

Winkel-Zwerggecko

Vinkel-dværggekko

1893 Lygodactylus angularis Günther

Introduced to: South Africa (Eastern Cape).
Distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia.


Lygodactylus arnoulti

Arnoult's Mount Ibity Dwarf Gecko

Arnoults Ibity-Zwerggecko

Arnoults Ibity-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus arnoulti Pasteur

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus baptistai

Mamué Dwarf Gecko, (Baptista's Dwarf Gecko)

Mamué-Zwerggecko

Mamué-dværggekko

2020 Lygodactylus baptistai Marques, Ceríaco, Buehler, Bandeira, Janota & Bauer

Distribution: Angola.





Lygodactylus bernardi

Zimbabwe Dwarf Gecko, (Bernard's Dwarf Gecko)

Zimbabwe-Zwerggecko

Zimbabwe-dværggekko

1958 Lygodactylus bernardi Fitzsimons

Remarks: Previously included bonsi.
Distribution: Zimbabwe.


Lygodactylus bivittis

Lesser Dwarf Gecko, Tiny Scaled gecko

Kleiner Zwerggecko

Lille Dværggekko

1883 Scalabotes bivittis Peters
Microscalabotes bivittis Pasteur 1967
Lygodactylus bivittis Röll, Pröhl & Hoffmann 2010
1883 Microscalabotes cowanii Boulenger (Puente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences 2009)
Lygodactylus cowanii Wermuth 1965
1883 Scalabotes hildebrandti Peters (Puente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences 2009)

Remarks: Boulenger (1885) and Wermuth (1965) reversed the synonymy and treated bivittis as a synonym of cowanii.
Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus blancae

Ampefy Dwarf Gecko

Ampefy-Zwerggecko

Ampefy-dværggekko

1995 Lygodactylus blancae Pasteur

Remarks: Not to be confused with its congener, blanci.
Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus blanci

Blanc's Mount Ibity Dwarf Gecko

Blancs Ibity-Zwerggecko

Blancs Ibity-dværggekko

1967 Lygodactylus blanci Pasteur

Remarks: Not to be confused with its congener, blancae.
Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus bonsi

Malawi Dwarf Gecko

Malawi-Zwerggecko

Malawi-dværggekko

1962 Lygodactylus bonsi Pasteur
Lygodactylus bernardi bonsi Branch 1988

Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies or a synonym of bernardi (e.g., Branch 1988; Kluge 1991). Treated as a separate species by Röll, Pröhl & Hoffmann (2010).
Distribution: Malawi, Mozambique.


Lygodactylus bradfieldi

Namibian Dwarf Gecko, (Bradfield's Dwarf Gecko)

Namibischer Zwerggecko

Namibisk Dværggekko

1932 Lygodactylus bradfieldi Hewitt

Remarks: Regarded as a synonym of capensis by some authors (e.g., Loveridge 1947; Wermuth 1965; Auerbach 1987), but as a valid species by others (e.g., Branch 1988; Kluge 1991).
Distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa (Limpopo, Northern Cape), Zimbabwe.


Lygodactylus broadleyi

Kilulu Forest Dwarf Gecko, (Broadley's Dwarf Gecko)

Kilulu-Zwerggecko

Kilulu-dværggekko

1995 Lygodactylus broadleyi Pasteur

Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus capensis

Cape Dwarf Gecko, (Common Dwarf Gecko)

Kap-Zwerggecko

Kap-dværggekko

1849 Hemidactylus capensis Smith
Lygodactylus capensis Boulenger 1885
1864 Lygodactylus strigatus Gray (Wermuth 1965)
1932 Lygodactylus capensis ngamiensis Fitzsimons (Wermuth 1965)

Remarks: Previously included grotei. Records from Angola refer to nyaneka and tchokwe (Marques, Ceríaco, Buehler, Bandeira, Janota & Bauer 2020).
Introduced to: South Africa (Free State, Western Cape).
Distribution: Botswana, Congo-Kinshasa, Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique (incl. Bazaruto Archipelago [Benguerua]), Namibia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape), Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Lygodactylus chobiensis

Chobe Dwarf Gecko

Chobe-Zwerggecko

Chobe-dværggekko

1932 Lygodactylus picturatus chobiensis Fitzsimons
Lygodactylus chobiensis Haacke 1970

Remarks: Angola is included in the distribution of the species herein, based on several publications (e.g., Haacke 1970; Branch 1998; Broadley & Martiz 2010), although there are no precise published localities (Marques, Ceríaco, Buehler, Bandeira, Janota & Bauer 2020).
Distribution: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Lygodactylus conradti

Derema Dwarf Gecko, (Conradt's Dwarf Gecko)

Derema-Zwerggecko

Derema-dværggekko

1892 Lygodactylus conradti Matschie

Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus conraui

Cameroon Dwarf Gecko, (Conrau's Dwarf Gecko)

Kamerunischer Zwerggecko

Camerounsk Dværggekko

1902 Lygodactylus conraui Tornier
1927 Lygodactylus strongi Barbour & Loveridge (Wermuth 1965)

Distribution: Benin, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (Bioko), Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo.


Lygodactylus decaryi

Angavo Mountains Dwarf Gecko

Angavo-Zwerggecko

Angavo-dværggekko

1930 Lygodactylus decaryi Angel

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus delicatus

Principe Dwarf Gecko, Principe Day Gecko

Principe-Zwerggecko

Principe-dværggekko

1962 Lygodactylus thomensis delicatus Pasteur
Lygodactylus delicatus Dollo 2017

Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies of thomensis. Considered a separate species herein, following Dollo (2017).
Distribution: Sao Tome & Principe (Principe).


Lygodactylus depressus

Spotted Dwarf Gecko

Gefleckter Zwerggecko

Plettet Dværggekko

1919 Lygodactylus depressus Schmidt
Lygodactylus picturatus depressus Loveridge 1947

Remarks: Regarded as a separate species by Kluge (1991).
Distribution: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Kinshasa.


Lygodactylus dysmicus

Foulassi Dwarf Gecko, (Perret's Dwarf Gecko)

Foulassi-Zwerggecko

Foulassi-dværggekko

1963 Lygodactylus angularis dysmicus Perret
Lygodactylus dysmicus Chirio & LeBreton 2007

Remarks: Regarded as a subspecies of gutturalis by Kluge (1991).
Distribution: Cameroon.


Lygodactylus expectatus

Ambilobe Dwarf Gecko

Ambilobe-Zwerggecko

Ambilobe-dværggekko

1967 Lygodactylus expectatus Pasteur & Blanc

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus fischeri

Sierra Leone Dwarf Gecko, (Fischer's Dwarf Gecko)

Sierraleonischer Zwerggecko

Sierraleonsk Dværggekko

1890 Lygodactylus fischeri Boulenger

Distribution: Benin, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni), Gabon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.


Lygodactylus grandisonae

Murri Dwarf Gecko, (Grandison's Dwarf Gecko, Bunty's Dwarf Gecko)

Murri-Zwerggecko

Murri-dværggekko

1962 Lygodactylus grandisonae Pasteur
Lygodactylus grandisoni [lapsus?] Spawls, Howell, Drewes & Ashe 2002

Distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya.


Lygodactylus graniticolus

Granite Dwarf Gecko

Granit-Zwerggecko

Granit-dværggekko

1992 Lygodactylus graniticolus Jacobsen

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).


Lygodactylus gravis

Usambara Dwarf Gecko

Usambara-Zwerggecko

Usambara-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus gravis Pasteur

Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus grotei

Mikindani Dwarf Gecko, (Grote's Dwarf Gecko, Grote's Gecko)

Mikindani-Zwerggecko

Mikindani-dværggekko

1911 Lygodactylus grotei Sternfeld
Lygodactylus capensis grotei Broadley & Howell 1991
1920 Lygodactylus capensis mossambica Loveridge (Loveridge 1947, 1957; Wermuth 1965)
1941 Lygodactylus grotei pakenhami Loveridge
Lygodactylus capensis pakenhami Broadley & Howell 1991

Other common names:
pakenhami: Pemba Dwarf Gecko, (Pakenham's Dwarf Gecko)
Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies or synonym of capensis (e.g., Broadley & Howell 1991). The subspecies pakenhami was also previously regarded as a subspecies of capensis, but reassigned to grotei by Rebelo, Bates, Burger, Branch & Conradie (2019).
Distribution: Mozambique, Tanzania (incl. Mafia, Pemba).


Lygodactylus grzimeki

Lake Manyara Dwarf Gecko, (Grzimek's Dwarf Gecko)

Manyara-Zwerggecko

Manyara-dværggekko

1969 Lygodactylus angularis grzimeki Bannikov & Darevsky
Lygodactylus grzimeki Röll, Pröhl & Hoffmann 2010

Remarks: Spawls, Howell, Hinkel & Menegon (2018) retained grzimeki as a subspecies of angularis, but without comments.
Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus guibei

Andasibe Dwarf Gecko

Andasibe-Zwerggecko

Andasibe-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus guibei Pasteur

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus gutturalis

Chevron-throated Dwarf Gecko, Forest Dwarf Gecko, Uganda Dwarf Gecko

Sparrenkehl-Zwerggecko

Sparrestrubet Dværggekko

1873 Hemidactylus gutturalis Bocage
Lygodactylus gutturalis Boulenger 1885
Lygodactylus picturatus gutturalis Schmidt 1919
1952 Lygodactylus angularis paurospilus Laurent (Kluge 1991)

Remarks: Previously included dysmicus. Revalidated as a separate species by Pasteur (1964).
Distribution: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau (incl. Bijagos Archipelago), Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.


Lygodactylus heeneni

Katanga Dwarf Gecko

Katanga-Zwerggecko

Katanga-dværggekko

1933 Lygodactylus heeneni Witte
Lygodactylus angularis heeneni Loveridge 1947

Remarks: Treated as a full species by Broadley (1998) and Haagner, Branch & Haagner (2000) due to lack of signs of intergradation between heeneni and angularis where the two species occur in very close proximity to each other.
Distribution: Congo-Kinshasa, Zambia.


Lygodactylus heterurus

Nosy Be Dwarf Gecko

Nosy-Be-Zwerggecko

Nosy Be-dværggekko

1913 Lygodactylus heterurus Boettger
1998 Lygodactylus heterurus trilineigularis Rösler

Remarks: Suggested to be conspecific with verticillatus by Röll, Pröhl & Hoffmann (2010), but the results of Castiglia & Annesi (2011) did not support this and they retained them as separate species.
Distribution: Madagascar (incl. Nosy Be).


Lygodactylus incognitus

Soutpansberg Black-spotted Dwarf Gecko

Schwarzgefleckter Soutpansberg-Zwerggecko

Sortplettet Soutpansberg-dværggekko

1992 Lygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus Jacobsen
Lygodactylus incognitus Travers, Jackman & Bauer 2014

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).


Lygodactylus inexpectatus

Dar es Salaam Dwarf Gecko

Dar-es-Salaam-Zwerggecko

Dar es Salaam-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus inexpectatus Pasteur

Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus insularis

Juan de Nova Dwarf Gecko

Juan-de-Nova-Zwerggecko

Juan de Nova-dværggekko

1913 Lygodactylus insularis Boettger

Distribution: Juan de Nova.


Lygodactylus intermedius

Manjarivolo Dwarf Gecko

Manjarivolo-Zwerggecko

Manjarivolo-dværggekko

1995 Lygodactylus intermedius Pasteur

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus keniensis

Kenya Dwarf Gecko

Kenianischer Zwerggecko

Kenyansk Dværggekko

1936 Lygodactylus picturatus keniensis Parker
Lygodactylus keniensis Kluge 1991

Distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda.


Lygodactylus kimhowelli

Tanga Dwarf Gecko, (Howell's Dwarf Gecko)

Streifen-Zwerggecko

Tanga-dværggekko

1995 Lygodactylus kimhowelli Pasteur

Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus klemmeri

Antsingy Dwarf Gecko

Antsingy-Zwerggecko

Antsingy-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus klemmeri Pasteur
1995 Lygodactylus praecox Pasteur (Fuente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences 2009)

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus klugei

Pernambuco Dwarf Gecko

Pernambuco-Zwerggecko

Pernambuco-dværggekko

1977 Vanzoia klugei Smith, Martin & Swain
Lygodactylus klugei Bons & Pasteur 1977

Remarks: Originally placed in a separate genus, Vanzoia, containing the two New World Lygodactylus species (klugei, wetzeli).
Distribution: Brazil (Alagoas, Bahia, Ceara, Goias, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe).


Lygodactylus laterimaculatus

Side-spotted Dwarf Gecko

Seitenfleck-Zwerggecko

Sideplettet Dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus scheffleri laterimaculatus Pasteur
Lygodactylus laterimaculatus Spawls, Howell, Drewes & Ashe 2002

Distribution: Kenya, Tanzania.


Lygodactylus lawrencei

Kaokoveld Dwarf Gecko, (Lawrence's Dwarf Gecko)

Kaokoveld-Zwerggecko

Kaokoveld-dværggekko

1926 Lygodactylus lawrencei Hewitt
Lygodactylus picturatus lawrencei Loveridge 1947

Remarks: Treated as a separate species by Wermuth (1965).
Distribution: Angola, Namibia.


Lygodactylus madagascariensis

Common Madagascar Dwarf Gecko

Gewöhnlicher Madagascar-Zwerggecko

Almindelig Madagascar-dværggekko

1881 Scalabotes madagascariensis Boettger
Lygodactylus madagascariensis Boulenger 1885
1967 Lygodactylus madagascariensis petteri Pasteur & Blanc

Distribution: Madagascar (incl. Nosy Be).


Lygodactylus manni

Saranda Dwarf Gecko, (Mann's Dwarf Gecko)

Saranda-Zwerggecko

Saranda-dværggekko

1928 Lygodactylus manni Loveridge
1935 Lygodactylus picturatus ukerewensis Loveridge (Broadley & Howell 1991)

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of picturatus (e.g., Loveridge 1947; Wermuth 1965). Revalidated by Laurent (1964). Kluge (1991, 2001) regarded ukerewensis as a synonym of picturatus.
Distribution: Kenya, Tanzania.


Lygodactylus methueni

Woodbush Dwarf Gecko, (Methuen's Dwarf gecko)

Woodbush-Zwerggecko

Woodbush-dværggekko

1937 Lygodactylus methueni Fitzsimons

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).


Lygodactylus miops

Senbendrana Dwarf Gecko

Senbendrana-Zwerggecko

Senbendrana-dværggekko

1891 Lygodactylus miops Günther
1913 Microscalabotes spinulifer Boettger (Puente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences 2009)
Lygodactylus spinulifer Wermuth 1965
1942 Lygodactylus septemtuberculatus Angel (Puente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences 2009)

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus mirabilis

Tsiafajavona Dwarf Gecko

Tsiafajavona-Zwerggecko

Tsiafajavona-dværggekko

1962 Millotisaurus mirabilis Pasteur
Lygodactylus mirabilis Pasteur 1995

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus mombasicus

Mombasa Dwarf Gecko, (White-headed Dwarf Gecko)

Mombasa-Zwerggecko, (Weißkopf-Zwerggecko)

Mombasa-dværggekko

1935 Lygodactylus picturatus mombasicus Loveridge
Lygodactylus mombasicus Parker 1936

Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies of picturatus (e.g., Broadley & Howell 1991). Revalidated as a separate species by Röll (2004), although treated as such already by Parker (1936).
Distribution: Kenya, Tanzania.





Lygodactylus montanus

Mount Ivohibe Dwarf Gecko

Ivohibe-Zwerggecko

Ivohibe-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus montanus Pasteur

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus montiscaeruli

Makgabeng Dwarf Gecko

Makgabeng-Zwerggecko

Makgabeng-dværggekko

1992 Lygodactylus nigropunctatus montiscaeruli Jacobsen
Lygodactylus montiscaeruli Travers, Jackman & Bauer 2014

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).


Lygodactylus nigropunctatus

Common Black-spotted Dwarf Gecko

Gewöhnlicher Schwarzeflecken-Zwerggecko

Almindelig Sortplettet Dværggekko

1992 Lygodactylus nigropunctatus Jacobsen

Remarks: Previously included incognitus and montiscaeruli.
Distribution: South Africa (Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province).


Lygodactylus nyaneka

Nyaneka Dwarf Gecko

Nyaneka-Zwerggecko

Nyaneka-dværggekko

2020 Lygodactylus nyaneka Marques, Ceríaco, Buehler, Bandeira, Janota & Bauer

Distribution: Angola, Namibia.





Lygodactylus ocellatus

Common Ocellated Dwarf Gecko, (Ocellated Dwarf Gecko, Spotted Dwarf Gecko)

Gewöhnlicher Argus-Zwerggecko

Almindelig Argusdværggekko

1907 Lygodactylus ocellatus Roux

Remarks: Previously included soutpansbergensis.
Distribution: Eswatini, South Africa (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province).


Lygodactylus ornatus

Ornate Dwarf Gecko

Schmuck-Zwerggecko

Pragt-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus ornatus Pasteur

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus pauliani

Itremo Mountains Dwarf Gecko

Itremo-Zwerggecko

Itremo-dværggekko

1991 Lygodactylus pauliani Pasteur & Blanc

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus picturatus

Painted Dwarf Gecko, Yellow-headed Dwarf Gecko, (White-headed Dwarf Gecko)

Gelbkopf-Zwerggecko, (Weißkopf-Zwerggecko)

Gulhovedet Dværggekko

1868 Hemidactylus variegatus Peters [not Hemidactylus variegatus Dumeril & Bibron 1836]
1870 Hemidactylus picturatus Peters
Lygodactylus picturatus Boulenger 1885
1896 Lygodactylus picturatus var. griseus Tornier (Wermuth 1965)
1896 Lygodactylus picturatus var. quinquelineatus Tornier (Wermuth 1965)
1896 Lygodactylus picturatus var. septemlineatus Tornier (Wermuth 1965)
1964 Lygodactylus luteopicturatus luteopicturatus Pasteur (syn. Röll 2004)
1964 Lygodactylus luteopicturatus zanzibaritis Pasteur (syn. Spawls, Howell, Hinkel & Menegon 2018)
Lygodactylus picturatus zanzibaritis Spawls, Howell, Hinkel & Menegon 2018

Other common names:
zanzibaritis: Zanzibar Dwarf Gecko
Remarks: Previously included chobiensis, depressus, gutturalis, keniensis, lawrencei, mombasicus, scorteccii, sudanensis, and williamsi. Röll (2004) synonymized luteopicturatus with picturatus without discussing the status of zanzibaritis. Not all works have accepted this synonymization (e.g., Malonza, Bwong & Muchai 2011).
Introduced to: USA (Florida).
Distribution: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania (incl. Mafia, Zanzibar).


Lygodactylus pictus

Robust Dwarf Gecko

Madagassischer Gemalte Zwerggecko

Madagassisk Malet Dværggekko

1883 Scalabotes pictus Peters
Lygodactylus pictus Kluge 1991
1913 Lygodactylus robustus Boettger (Puente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences 2009)

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of madagascariensis (e.g., Boulenger 1887; Wermuth 1965).
Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus rarus

Thin Dwarf Gecko

Graziler Zwerggecko

Slank Dværggekko

1973 Lygodactylus rarus Pasteur & Blanc

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus regulus

Prince Dwarf Gecko

Namuli-Zwerggecko

Namuli-dværggekko

2013 Lygodactylus regulus Portik, Travers, Bauer & Branch

Distribution: Mozambique.


Lygodactylus rex

King Dwarf Gecko, Regal Dwarf Gecko

König-Zwerggecko

Kongedværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus rex Broadley

Distribution: Malawi, Mozambique.


Lygodactylus roavolana

Manantantely Dwarf Gecko

Manantantely-Zwerggecko

Manantantely-dværggekko

2009 Lygodactylus roavolana Puente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus scheffleri

Kibwezi Dwarf Gecko, (Scheffler's Dwarf Gecko)

Kibwezi-Zwerggecko

Kibwezi-dværggekko

1912 Lygodactylus fischeri scheffleri Sternfeld
Lygodactylus scheffleri Loveridge 1947
1964 Lygodactylus scheffleri compositus Pasteur

Remarks: Previously included laterimaculatus and uluguruensis.
Distribution: Kenya, Tanzania.


Lygodactylus scorteccii

Somali Painted Dwarf Gecko, (Scortecci's Dwarf Gecko)

Somalischer Gemalte Zwerggecko

Somalisk Malet Dværggekko

1959 Lygodactylus picturatus scorteccii Pasteur
Lygodactylus scorteccii Kluge 1991

Distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia.


Lygodactylus somalicus

Northeastern Somali Dwarf Gecko

Nordostsomalischer Zwerggecko

Nordøstsomalisk Dværggekko

1935 Lygodactylus somalicus somalicus Loveridge
1935 Lygodactylus somalicus annectens Loveridge (Wermuth 1965)
1962 Lygodactylus somalicus battersbyi Pasteur

Distribution: Kenya, Somalia.


Lygodactylus soutpansbergensis

Soutpansberg Ocellated Dwarf Gecko

Soutpansberg-Argus-Zwerggecko

Soutpansberg-argusdværggekko

1994 Lygodactylus ocellatus soutpansbergensis Jacobsen
Lygodactylus soutpansbergensis Travers, Jackman & Bauer 2014

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).


Lygodactylus stevensoni

Khami Ruins Dwarf Gecko, (Stevenson's Dwarf Gecko)

Khami-Zwerggecko

Khami-dværggekko

1926 Lygodactylus stevensoni Hewitt

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of angolensis (e.g., Loveridge 1947; Wermuth 1965).
Distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe.


Lygodactylus sudanensis

Sudan Dwarf Gecko

Sudanischer Zwerggecko

Sudansk Dværggekko

1935 Lygodactylus picturatus sudanensis Loveridge
Lygodactylus sudanensis Largen 1997

Distribution: Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan.


Lygodactylus tchokwe

Tchokwe Dwarf Gecko

Tchokwe-Zwerggecko

Tchokwe-dværggekko

2020 Lygodactylus tchokwe Marques, Ceríaco, Buehler, Bandeira, Janota & Bauer

Distribution: Angola.





Lygodactylus thomensis

São Tomé Dwarf Gecko

São-Tomé-Zwerggecko

São Tomé-dværggekko

1880 Scalabotes thomensis Peters
Lygodactylus thomensis Boulenger 1885
1885 Scalabotes rolasi Greef [substitute name for Scalabotes thomensis Peters 1880] (Wermuth 1965)

Remarks: Previously included delicatus and wermuthi. Now restricted to Sao Tome and its satellite, Rolas Island. Records from Principe and Annobon refer to delicatus and wermuthi, respectively.
Distribution: Sao Tome & Principe (Rolas Island, Sao Tome).


Lygodactylus tolampyae

Western Madagascar Dwarf Gecko

Westlicher Madagascar-Zwerggecko

Vestlig Madagascar-dværggekko

1872 Hemidactylus tolampyae Grandidier
Lygodactylus tolampyae Mocquard 1909
1913 Lygodactylus tuberifer Boettger (Puente, Glaw, Vieites & Vences 2009)

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus tsavoensis

Tsavo Dwarf Gecko

Tsavo-Zwerggecko

Tsavo-dværggekko

2019 Lygodactylus tsavoensis Malonza, Bauer, Granthon, Williams & Wojnowski

Distribution: Kenya.





Lygodactylus tuberosus

Tsimanampetsoa Dwarf Gecko

Tsimanampetsoa-Zwerggecko

Tsimanampetsoa-dværggekko

1965 Lygodactylus tuberosus Mertens

Distribution: Madagascar.


Lygodactylus uluguruensis

Uluguru Dwarf Gecko

Uluguru-Zwerggecko

Uluguru-dværggekko

1964 Lygodactylus scheffleri uluguruensis Pasteur
Lygodactylus uluguruensis Spawls, Howell, Drewes & Ashe 2002

Remarks: Some authors continue to regard uluguruensis as a subspecies of scheffleri (e.g., Spawls, Howell, Hinkel & Menegon 2018).
Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus verticillatus

Whorl-tailed Dwarf Gecko

Ringelschwanz-Zwerggecko

Ringhale-dværggekko

1895 Lygodactylus verticillatus Mocquard

Distribution: Europa Island, Madagascar.


Lygodactylus viscatus

Jozani Dwarf Gecko, Copal Dwarf Gecko

Jozani-Zwerggecko

Jozani-dværggekko

1873 Lygodactylus viscatus Vaillant
1988 Lygodactylus howelli Pasteur & Broadley (Pasteur 1995)
Lygodactylus somalicus howelli Kluge 1991

Remarks: Nomenclatural status of this species is uncertain. Some authors continue to use the name howelli (e.g., Spawls, Howell, Hinkel & Menegon 2018).
Distribution: Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar).


Lygodactylus waterbergensis

Waterberg Dwarf Gecko

Waterberg-Zwerggecko

Waterberg-dværggekko

1992 Lygodactylus waterbergensis Jacobsen

Distribution: South Africa (Limpopo).


Lygodactylus wermuthi

Annobon Dwarf Gecko, Annobon Day Gecko

Annobon-Zwerggecko

Annobon-dværggekko

1962 Lygodactylus thomensis wermuthi Pasteur
Lygodactylus wermuthi Dollo 2017

Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies of thomensis. Considered a separate species herein, following Dollo (2017).
Distribution: Equatorial Guinea (Annobon).


Lygodactylus wetzeli

Paraguayan Dwarf Gecko, (South American Dwarf Gecko)

Paraguayischer Zwerggecko

Paraguayisk Dværggekko

1977 Vanzoia wetseli Smith, Martin & Swain
Lygodactylus wetzeli Bons & Pasteur 1977

Remarks: Originally placed in a separate genus, Vanzoia, containing the two New World Lygodactylus species (klugei, wetzeli).
Distribution: Bolivia, Brazil (Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul), Paraguay.


Lygodactylus williamsi

Turquoise Dwarf Gecko

Turkis-Zwerggecko

Turkis-dværggekko

1952 Lygodactylus picturatus williamsi Loveridge
Lygodactylus williamsi Kluge 1991

Introduced to: USA (Florida).
Distribution: Tanzania.


Lygodactylus wojnowskii

Mount Kenya Dwarf Gecko

Mount Kenya-Zwerggecko

Mount Kenya-dværggekko

2016 Lygodactylus wojnowskii Malonza, Granthon & Williams

Distribution: Kenya.