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dc.contributor.advisorDixon, James R.
dc.creatorRivero-Blanco, Carlos
dc.description.abstractThe systematic status of the species of the lizard genus Gonatodes is presented. The generic concept of Gonatodes is redefined and the distribution of each species is described and documented. Ecological, zoogeographic, systematic and evolutionary relationships of the species are presented and discussed. After examining representative material available through loans and personal collecting activities, a number of intrageneric arrangements were made, allowing the author to recognize 18 species and a total of 23 taxa. Three of the species are described as new: Gonatodes dixoni, Gonatodes machelae and Gonatodes rozei, all from tropical and subtropical forests in Northern Venezuela. A new form of Gonatodes ceciliae (G. c. trinitatis) is described from the island of Trinidad. Gonatodes vittatus roquensis is synonymized under Fonatodes antillensis. Gonatodes bodini is re-allocated as a subspecies of G. albogularis. Gonatodes varius is snynonymized under Gonatodes albogularis fuscus. Gonatodes ligiae is resurrected as a subspecies of Gonatodes concinnatus. The species and subspeicies of Gonatodes considered valid within this work are the following: G. albogularis albogularis (Dumeril and Bibron), G. albogularis bodini Rivero-Blanco, G. albogularis fuscus (Hallowell), G. albogularis notatus Reinhardt and Lutken, G. annularis Boulenger, G. antillensis (Lidth de Jeude), G. atricucularis Noble, G. caudiscutatus (Günther), G. ceciliae ceciliae Donoso-Barros, G. ceciliae trinitatis Rivero-Blanco, G. concinnatus concinnatus (O'Shaughnessy), G. concinnatus ligiae Donoso-Barros, G. Dixon Rivero-Blanco, G. falconensis Shreve, G. hasemani Griffin, G. humeralis (Guichenot), G. machelae Rivero-Blanco, G. ocellatus (Gray), G. petersi Donoso-Barros, G. rozei Rivero-Blanco, G. seigliei Donoso-Barros, G. taniae Roze, and G. vittatus (Lichtenstein). A key to the species and subspecies is presented, along with character state explanation. The species accounts include a brief synonymy, diagnosis, description, variation and specific remarks when necessary..en
dc.format.extentxvii, 233 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectMajor wildlife and fisheries sciencesen
dc.subject.classification1979 Dissertation R621
dc.titleThe neotropical lizard genus Gonatodes Fitzinger (Sauria: Sphaerodactylinae)en
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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