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Sphaerodactylus gaigeae
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Sphaerodactylus gaigeae, also known commonly as the chevronated sphaero or Gaige's least gecko, is a species of lizard in the family Sphaerodactylidae . The species is endemic to Puerto Rico.


The specific name, gaigeae, is in honor of American herpetologist Helen Beulah Thompson Gaige.


The preferred habitat of S. gaigeae is forest at altitudes of 0–450 m (0–1,476 ft).


Adults of S. gaigeae may attain a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of 22–25 mm (0.87–0.98 in).


S. gaigeae is oviparous.

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