Swiss Journal of Geosciences

, Volume 111, Issue 1–2, pp 183–190 | Cite as

Geckos from the middle Miocene of Devínska Nová Ves (Slovakia): new material and a review of the previous record

  • Andrej ČerňanskýEmail author
  • Juan D. Daza
  • Aaron M. Bauer


New species of a gecko of the genus Euleptes is described here—E. klembarai. The material comes from the middle Miocene (Astaracian, MN 6) of Slovakia, more precisely from the well-known locality called Zapfe`s fissure fillings (Devínska Nová Ves, Bratislava). The fossil material consists of isolated left maxilla, right dentary, right pterygoid and cervical and dorsal vertebrae. The currently known fossil record suggests that isolation of environment of the Zapfe`s fissure site, created a refugium for the genus Euleptes in Central Europe (today, this taxon still inhabits southern part of Europe and North Africa—E. europea), probably resulting from the island geography of this area during the middle Miocene. The isolation of this territory might have facilitated allopatric speciation.


Gekkota Euleptes Neogene Zapfe's fissure 



The authors are indebted to U. Göhlich (NHMW) for access to material described in this paper. We thank V. Šmatko (Slovak Academy of Sciences) for SEM pictures. We thank K. Tighe, A. Wynn, K. de Queiroz, R. Bell, and R. McDiarmid for access to specimens and equipment at the USNM. We thank M. C. Vallejo and E. Glynne for assistance obtaining digital X-rays. We thank J. Maisano for helping us obtaining HRCT data, and J. Losos and J. Rosado for access to comparative material at MCZ. We also want to thank Jessica A. Maisano (Jackson School of Geosciences, University ofTexas at Austin) for assistance with the CT scans and image processing. We thank J.-C. Rage (Museum national d’Histoirenaturelle Paris) and one anonymous reviewer for their critical reading of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius University in BratislavaBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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