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Reptiluvr
01-08-2007, 05:09 PM
I am curious as to the true nomenclature of this species. I have seen it as Tarentola delandii gigas and Tarentola gigas. Is this in fact its own species or is it still considered a subspecies? And does anyone have papers on hand?

gymnodactylus
01-08-2007, 06:54 PM
Tarentola gigas has been pushed back and forth between being a full species and being a subspecies of Tarentola delalandii. A recent molecular phylogenetic analysis showed the two species to be quite distinct (Carranza, S., E.N. Arnold, J.A. Mateo, and P. Geniez. 2002. Relationships and evolution of the North African geckos, Geckonia and Tarentola (Reptilia: Gekkonidae), based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 23: 244256).
Specimens of Tarentola gigas gigas and T. g. brancoensis from Raso and Bronco islands were identical in terms of mitochondrial DNA (Jesus, J., A. Brehm, and D. J.Harris. 2002. Relationships of Tarentola (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from the Cape Verde Islands estimated from DNA sequence data. Amphibia-Reptilia 23: 47-54). A single T. gigas from São Nicolau on the other hand showed rather large amount sequence divergence from the remaing T. gigas in the same study. I'm not sure anything further has been done with this.
Anyway, I'd say call them Tarentola gigas.
I hope this helps.
Tony

Reptiluvr
01-08-2007, 07:17 PM
Thanks Tony.

Reptiluvr
01-08-2007, 07:47 PM
I found a link to one of the articles for anyone that might be interested in reading them. Unfortunately I don't know enough about the DNA sequencing, but they seem to support the argument.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WNH-4627PGJ-D&_coverDate=05%2F31%2F2002&_alid=520270568&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_qd=1&_cdi=6963&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000054272&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=2139768&md5=e89a778456ef52cec46f2bfec5fa9681
Relationships and evolution of the North African geckos, Geckonia and Tarentola (Reptilia: Gekkonidae), based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences

Smith710
02-08-2007, 04:40 AM
Hey, I have the chance to get some Tarentola Gigas very soon. I can't find any information on these geckos at all. Could you guys tell me anything about them, like the care and requirements of these guys or tell me a place that can? Any info would be great.
Thanks alot!