Sphaerodactylus richardi

Sphaerodactylus richardi

Sphaerodactylus richardi, Richard's banded sphaero, Zapata big-scaled sphaero

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Sphaerodactylus richardi

Sphaerodactylus richardi, also known commonly as Richard's banded sphaero or the Zapata big-scaled sphaero, is a small species of gecko, a lizard in the family Sphaerodactylidae. The species is endemic to Cuba.

Animal name origin

The specific name, richardi, is in honor of American herpetologist Richard Thomas.

Appearance

Sphaerodactylus richardi may attain a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of 31.1 mm (1.22 in). It has large non-overlapping dorsal scales, except for a zone of mid-dorsal granular scales which is three scales wide. Adults have a dorsal color pattern of 5-6 bold dark crossbands on the body.

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The preferred habitats of S. richardi are forest, shrubland, and marine intertidal.

Mating Habits

Sphaerodactylus richardi is oviparous.

References

1. Sphaerodactylus richardi Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphaerodactylus_richardi
2. Sphaerodactylus richardi on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/178451/71746324

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