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Pachydactylus formosus SMITH 1849

Pachydactylus formosus
Adult male of Pachydactylus formosus. © M. Barts

Pachydactylus formosus
Shortly before hatch. The baby is clearly visible. © M. Barts

Pachydactylus formosus
Hatchling of Pachydactylus formosus. © M. Barts

Pachydactylus formosus
Habitat of Pachydactylus formosus. S-South Africa. © M. Barts

Originalbeschreibung / Original description

SMITH (1849): Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa, Reptiles (London, 4), App., 4 — Terra typica: South Africa near Tropic of Capricorn i.e. 20°

Head subovate and rather lengthened, the temples somewhat protuberant; the neck slightly contracted. Body nearly of equal thickness, arched superiorly, flat beneath. Tail cylindrical and sharp pointed. Colour, above, pale cream-yellow, variegated with light brownish red—the variegations are irregular spots or longitudinal stripes on the upper surface of the head, a semilunar bar crossing the anterior part of the neck, with the hinder edge emarginate; a second semilunar deeply indented bar in front of the fore-legs; four broad bars on the back, the last between the hinder extremities, and a number of narrow ones on the upper surface of the tail, edged before and behind with liver-brown Under part bluish white. Toes at and near the point considerably depressed, towards the base nearly cylindrical; the under surface of the depressed portion with four or five transverse angular folds; the other portion covered with four or five rows of large granular scales. Scales of the back partly large, subovate, and strongly keeled, with the hinder edge projecting, partly small and granular—the former interspersed among the latter; scales of upper and lateral parts of tail partly three-sided tubercles, and partly small subconical scales, the former arranged in transverse rows. Scales of the belly and under surface of tail small, ovate, and slightly imbricate; those of the former fiat, of the latter slightly convex. Length from nose to base of tail, 1 inch 10 lines; length of tail, 2 inches. Inhabits the interior of Southern Africa, near the Tropic of Capricorn.

Synonym

Pachydactylus mento-marginatus, Smith, 1849

Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa, Reptiles (London, 4), App., 5 — Terra typica: Interrior of South Africa

The upper and lateral parts of the head, the back, and the sides deep brownish red, variegated with orange-coloured white; the variegations on the upper surface of the head are a narrow transverse bar in front of the eyes, and a congeries of spots and short curved lines behind them; on the sides of the head a longitudinal waved band from the angle of the mouth to the hindhead. On the back and sides there are five narrow transverse bands, the three middle ones, particularly, strongly dentated behind. The first band is very slender, situated close to the hindhead, and with a prolonged angle pointing backwards; the second is directly between the fore legs, and the fifth between the hinder legs. Under parts wine-yellow; the space between branches of lower jaw finely freckled with pale brownish red, and the under edge of the labial plates margined with liver-brown, which forms a continuous dark line, in the shape of a horse-shoe. Extremities pale brownish red, without variegations. Head subovate, deep, and behind much wider than the neck; body rather slender, the sides slightly bulging; extremities slender, and nearly of equal thickness. Toes with four semicircular folds beneath, near their point, the very point covered with some small scales, the under surface behind the transverse folds coated with several rows of small convex scales. Scales of the head, back, and sides small, with many large conical or three-sided tubercles scattered among them; scales of the under parts small, nearly circular, and slightly imbricate. Length from nose to base of tail, 1 inch 3 lines; tail wanting in the specimens I possess. Inhabits the interior of Southern Africa.