Sphaerodactylus kirbyi

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Sphaerodactylus kirbyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Gekkota
Family: Sphaerodactylidae
Genus: Sphaerodactylus
Species: S. kirbyi
Binomial name
Sphaerodactylus kirbyi
Lazell, 1994

Sphaerodactylus kirbyi, commonly known as the Bequia dwarf gecko, the Bequia sphaero, or the Grenadines sphaero, is a gecko species that is endemic to Bequia, an island in the Grenadines that is part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, kirbyi, is in honor of Dr. Ian Earle Ayrton Kirby (1921-2006), who was a government veterinarian and naturalist on St. Vincent.[2]

Description[edit]

S. kirbyi reaches a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of 25 mm (0.98 in). It is gray-brown, occasionally with a yellowish tint on its chin, throat, and the sides of its neck. The underside of its tail is mottled with orange. It has irregular small blotches on its body, and faded stripes on its head. A gray inverse V-shape extends from its hind limbs to the base of its tail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson RW, Powell R. (2011). "Sphaerodactylus kirbyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Sphaerodactylus kirbyi, p. 142).

Further reading[edit]

  • Lazell J. 1994. A New Sphaerodactylus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Bequia, Grenada Bank, Lesser Antilles. Breviora (496): 1-20. (Sphaerodactylus kirbyi, new species).
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999), Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean, Macmillan Education Ltd., p. 104, ISBN 0-333-69141-5 .

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