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Pachydactylus affinis BOULENGER 1896

Pachydactylus affinis
Adult female of Pachydactylus affinis. Pretoria/South Africa. © M. Barts

Pachydactylus affinis
Adult female of Pachydactylus affinis. Pretoria/South Africa. © M. Barts

Pachydactylus affinis
Clutch of Pachydactylus affinis. Pretoria/South Africa. © M. Barts

Pachydactylus affinis
Captive born Pachydactylus affinis. Pretoria/South Africa. © M. Barts

Pachydactylus affinis
Pachydactylus affinis from near Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province. © J. Marais.

Pachydactylus affinis
Habitat of Pachydactylus affinis. Pretoria/South Africa. © M. Barts

Originalbeschreibung / Original description:

Boulenger, G.A. (1896): Descriptions of two new Lizards from the Transvaal. — Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 17: 21 — Terra typica: Rustenburg District, Transvaal

Snout a little longer than the diameter of the orbit. Ear-opening oval, oblique. Digits short, distinctly broader at the end than at the base, the dilated part with four or five lamellae inferiorly. Head covered with minute granules, which are larger on the snout; back of head and temples with scattered slightly enlarged granules; naso-rostrals separated by one granule; rostral broader than deep ; eight upper labials; six lower labials, the anterior larger than the symphysial, which is longer than broad. Body covered with very small granules intermixed with rather small, strongly keeled, oval tubercles, disposed irregularly; ventral scales small, increasing in size from throat to groin. Greyish above, irregularly spotted all over with dark brown; a dark brown streak on each side of the head, passing through the eye; lower parts white.

  millim.
Total length 68
Head 12
Width of head 9
Body 32
Fore limb 13
Hind limb 16
Tail (reproduced) 24

A single male specimen from the Rustenburg District, Transvaal, collected by Mr. W. Ayres. This speciesis nearly related to P. capensis, Smith, and P. formosus Smith, but easily distinguished by the much smaller dorsal tubercles and the absence of large tubercles on the occiput and temples.