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Somma, L. A. and K. L. Krysko. 2008. Geographic distribution: Sphaerodactylus elegans elegans (Ashy Gecko). USA: Florida: Broward Co. Herpetological Review 39(1):110.


FLORIDA: BRowARD Co.: Pembroke Pines: 1031 NW93rd Ave (26.0168833°N, 80.2695694°W; WGS84; elev. <1 m). 27 October 2007. Collected by Lisa A. Charlton. Verified by F. Wayne King, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. One neonate captured in Jackson sticky trap set to sample insects in an alee tree (Blighia sapida). UF 152418. New county record. Originally turned in to Division of Plant Industry (DPI), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville, Florida, on 31 October 2007; Entomology Log No. 8204. This nonindigenous gecko was flrst reported from Key West, Monroe County, Florida, more than 85 years ago (Stejneger 1922. Copeia [108]:56). Since that time the species has slowly expanded its range through other islands in the Florida Keys, and onto mainland Florida in Miami, Miami-Dade County (Carr 1940. Univ. Florida PubI. BioI. Sci. Ser. 3[1]:1-118; Krysko and Daniels 2005. Caribb. J. Sci.41:28-36.). On 11 September 1937, asingleSphaerodactylus e. elegans was collected in Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida (UF 183) and on 26 January 1963, another collected from inside a house in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida (UF 84234). This latest specimen is the third known mainland record in the continental U.S.