Sphaerodactylus

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Sphaerodactylus
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Sphaerodactylus macrolepis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Gekkota
Family: Sphaerodactylidae
Genus: Sphaerodactylus
Wagler, 1830[1]

Sphaerodactylus is a genus of geckos from the Americas [2] that are distinguished from other Gekkota by their small size, by their round, rather than vertical, eye pupils, and by each digit terminating in a single, round adhesive pad or scale, from which their name (Sphaero = round, dactylus = finger) is derived. All species in this genus are rather small, but two species, S. ariasae and S. parthenopion, are tiny, and – with a snout-vent length of about 1.6 cm (0.6 in)—the smallest reptiles in the world.[3]

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  1. ^ ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
  2. ^ Gamble, T., A. M. Bauer, G. R. Colli, E. Greenbaum, and T.R. Jackman, L. J. Vitt and A. M. Simons. 2011. Coming to America: Multiple Origins of New World Geckos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:231–244.
  3. ^ Pennsylvania State University (2001). World's Smallest Lizard Discovered in the Caribbean. Accessed 26 January 2009.

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