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Pachydactylus acuminatus FITZSIMONS 1941


Pachydactylus acuminatus
Habitat of Pachydactylus acuminatus. C-Namibia. © M. Barts.

Pachydactylus acuminatus
Male of Pachydactylus acuminatus. C-Namibia. © M. Barts.

Pachydactylus acuminatus
Female of
Pachydactylus acuminatus. S-Namibia. © J. Marais.

Originalbeschreibung / Original description:

FitzSimons, V.F.M. (1941): Description of some new Lizards from South Africa and a Frog from Southern Rhodesia. — Ann. Transvaal Mus., 20(3): 274 — Terra typica: Aus, South West Africa

Description based on a series of eight specimens (T.M. Nos. 17689-17695 from Aus, and No. 17722 from Konkiep) in the collection of the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria. These specimens, comprising one adult and seven immature, were previously recorded under P. weberi weberi) (see above), but are now regarded as subspecifically separable and distinguished from typical weberi as follows: Head and body generally, more slender; snout more sharply pointed, about 11/2 times diameter of the larger eye and 11/3 times distance from eye to ear opening; nasorostrals in longer contact with one another; rostral subrectangular (not subpentagonal as in weberi), just less than twice as broad as deep; smooth, rounded, button-like tubercles on back of head much smaller than scales on snout; tubercles on back in 16-18 more regular longitudinal rows, more strongly keeled, those down middle of back being more distinct but not so clearly differentiated in size from those dorsolaterally, which are less conspicuous than in weberi and decrease more rapidly in size laterally; tubercles on upper surface forearm and on hindlimbs not so strongly raised.

Colour. Pale olive grey above, with reddish brown irregular crossbars (similar to, but narrower than in, weberi), sometimes edged with pinky brown or with patches of the same colour between the crossbars mesially; a conspicuous dark streak on side of head from nostril, through eye (edged above with yellow from nostril to eye), over ear and often completely encircling occiput behind; eye reddish; upper eyelid yellow; head tinged with pink. Lower surfaces creamy to greyish white. Tail usually a pale pinkish to yellowish brown, with narrow barring of dark brown, the dark bars being less than half as broad as pale interspaces; enlarged scales yellow.

Dimensions. Male (T.M. 17722) H. and B. 42, length head 11.2, breadth head 8.7 mm.; tail reproduced, but normal tails about one and a fifth times length of head and body.