Sphaerodactylus gilvitorques Cope, 1862

Jamaican collared sphaero, Jamaica least gecko



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1862 or before

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient


The Jamaica least gecko ([i]Sphaerodactylus gilvitorques[/i]) is only known from the holotype reputedly collected on Jamaica (Thomas & Schwartz, 1974). The absence of any further records of the species indicate either that it is now extinct or its habitat lies elsewhere. Although (Ibid.) see no reason to doubt a Jamaican origin.





Biology & Ecology




Holotype: ANSP 7555






Original scientific description:

Cope, E. D. (1862) ("1861"). On the genera Panolopus, Centropyx, Aristelliger and Sphaerodactylus. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadrelphia 13: 494-500.


Other references:

Barbour, T. (1921). [i]Sphaerodactylus[/i]. Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool. (Harvard) 47: 215-282.

Boulenger, G. A. (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London. 450 pp.

Henderson, R.W. and Powell, R. 2009. Natural History of West Indian Reptiles and Amphibians. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Powell, R. and Henderson, R.W. 2012. Island lists of West Indian amphibians and reptiles. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 51(2): 85-166.

Thomas, R. and Schwartz, A. (1974). The Status of [i]Sphaerodactylus gilvitorques[/i] Cope and of [i]Sphaerodactylus nigropunctatus[/i] Gray (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Journal of Herpetology 8(4): 353-358. [Abstract]

Wilson, B.S. & Hedges, B. 2016. Sphaerodactylus gilvitorques. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T75605455A75607764. Downloaded on 31 December 2016.


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