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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Horsfield's Flying Gecko, Horsfield's Parachute Gecko
G: Horsfields Faltengecko 
SynonymPteropleura horsfieldii GRAY 1827: 56
Platydactylus horsfieldii — FITZINGER 1843: 101
Ptychozoon homalocephala GRAY 1845: 164 (not of CREVELD fide STEJNEGER 1907)
Ptychozoon homalocephala — STOLICZKA 1870: 159
Ptychozoon horsfieldii — MÜLLER 1892: 209
Ptychozoon horsfieldii — STEJNEGER 1907: 170
Ptychozoon horsfieldii — DE ROOIJ 1915: 61
Ptychozoon horsfieldi — SMITH 1935: 119
Ptychozoon horsfeldi — TAYLOR 1963: 814 (in error)
Ptychozoon horsfieldii — KLUGE 1993
Ptychozoon horsfieldii — RÖSLER 2000: 107
Ptychozoon horsfieldii — GRISMER 2011
Ptychozoon horsfieldii — GRISMER & QUAH 2019
Gekko (Ptychozoon) horsfieldii — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Ptychozoon) horsfieldii — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionIndia (Mizoram), Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand, Malaysian Penisnula, Indonesia (Natuna, Borneo: Brunei, Sarawak; Sumatra), Singapore

Type locality: Singapore (STEJNEGER 1907; see comment).  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.25.86 (and possibly additional specimens). 
DiagnosisHead oviform, snout longer than the distance from the eye to the ear-opening; forehead concave; ear-opening triangular. Head with small equal granules. Rostral large, quadrangular; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first labial and three nasals; the upper pair of nasals separated by a larger scale; above the labials two other large scales on each side. Eleven upper and as many lower labials; mental small, triangular; four chin-shields on each side, inner forming a long suture with its fellow. Body depressed, with small granules above, no tubercles; a broad membrane on the sides. Throat granular; ventral scales larger, cycloid, imbricate. Male with 7 12 praeanal pores in an angular series, separated by 8 scales from 9 14 femoral pores on each side. Tail depressed, annulate, the sides bordered by a series of dermal lobes, the tip not ending in a broad flap; the lobes directed somewhat obliquely; upper caudal scales granular, lower transversely enlarged. Limbs depressed; digits strong, entirely webbed; the fore limbs bordered by a broad dermal expansion, the hind limbs on the posterior side of the femur and on both of the tibia (de Rooij 1915: 61).

Coloration: Brown above with broad, lighter cross bands, edged with a dark wavy line; a broad dark streak from the eye to the shoulder, sometimes broken up into round spots. Tail with dark and light bands. Lower parts yellowish, uniform or spotted with brown (de Rooij 1915: 61).

Size: Length of head and body 80 mm.; tail 75 mm (de Rooij 1915: 61). 
CommentSTEJNEGER 1907 also mentions “India” as one type locality. According to I. DAS (pers. comm.) P. horsfieldii does not occur in India, nor in Japan (fide NAKAMURA & UENO 1963) although it may have been introduced to the latter (occurs on Okinawa fide WERMUTH 1965: 154). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Thomas Horsfield (1773-1859), American naturalist and physician. He worked in Java (1796) and for the East India Company and blater ecame a friend of Sir Thomas Raffies. 
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