Footprints in the sand: independent reduction of subdigital lamellae in the Namib–Kalahari burrowing geckos

Many desert organisms exhibit convergence, and certain physical factors such as windblown sands have generated remarkably similar ecomorphs across divergent lineages. The burrowing geckos Colopus, Chondrodactylus and Palmatogecko occupy dune ecosystems in the Namib and Kalahari deserts of southwest Africa. Considered closely related, they share several putative synapomorphies, including reduced subdigital pads (toe pads) and spinose digital scales.

Main Author: Lamb, Trip
Other Authors: Bauer, Aaron M.
Language: English
Published: 2005
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