Transvaal rock gecko
|Transvaal rock gecko|
Additional common names for Afroedura transvaalica include Limpopo flat gecko, Transvaal flat gecko, and Zimbabwe flat gecko.
Both the specific name, transvaalica, and the English common name, Transvaal flat gecko, are misnomers, in a sense, as A. transvaalica occurs almost exclusively in Zimbabwe; however small populations with small distributions occur in northern Limpopo, South Africa and in north-western Mozambique. The largest part of its range, 90% or more, covers Zimbabwe, and it is one of the species that make up Zimbabwe's endemic and near-endemic gecko fauna.
A. transvaalica occurs in mesic savanna across Zimbabwe, neither at high nor low altitude, rather associated with granite and sandstone outcrops, at altitudes of 1,000 to 1,800 metres (3,300 to 5,900 ft).
Transvaal flat geckos are very social geckos and nocturnal; they hide during the day under flakes of rock.
No subspecies is recognized. The race formerly known as Afroedura t. loveridgei has been raised to full species status as Afroedura loveridgei. It occurs only in suitable habitat around Tete in the Zambesi River Valley.
- "Afroedura transvaalica ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
- Branch, Bill 2004. Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second impression. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Afroedura transvaalica, p. 236 + Plate 88; A. loveridgei, p. 236).
- Hewitt J. 1925. On some new species of Reptiles and Amphibians from South Africa. Records of the Albany Museum (Grahamstown, South Africa) 3: 343-370. (Oedura transvaalica, new species, p. 350).
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