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Phyllodactylus apricus DIXON, 1966

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Las Animas Island Gecko 
SynonymPhyllodactylus apricus DIXON 1966: 450
Phyllodactylus apricus — KLUGE 1993
Phyllodactylus apricus — LINER 1994
Phyllodactylus apricus — LINER 2008
Phyllodactylus apricus — RAMIREZ-REYES et al. 2020 
DistributionMexico (Isla Las Animas)

Type locality: Isla Las Animas, Baja California.  
TypesHolotype: SDNHM = SDSNH 44623, adult male; paratype SDNHM = SDSNH 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (apricus). Average snout-vent length of 48.7 mm, differing from P. xanti of Isla San Jose, having a significantly higher number of ventral scales, dorsal tubercle rows, paravertebral tubercles, and lower number of interorbitals, snout scales, and scales bordering the postmentals: from P. bugastrolepis in having a higher number of ventral scales and lower number of snout scales, interorbitals, dorsal tubercle rows, paravertebral tubercles, and scales bordering the post-mentals (Dixon 1966: 450). 
CommentSubspecies and synonyms: P. apricus has been considered as a synonym of P. xantiby some previous authors but was resurrected by RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2020.

Distribution: See map in RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2021: Fig. 1. 
EtymologyNamed after John Xantus a.k.a Louis de Vesey (1825-1894), Hungarian-born naturalist who arrived in the US in 1850 and then had various jobs. 
  • Dixon, James R. 1966. Speciation and systematics of the gekkonid lizard genus Phyllodactylus of the islands of the Gulf of California. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 33 (13): 415-452 - get paper here
  • Kluge A G 1993. Gekkonoid Lizard Taxonomy. International Gecko Society, San Diego, 245 pp.
  • Liner, E.A. 1994. Scientific and common names for the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico in English and Spanish. Herpetological Circular 23: 1-113
  • Liner, Ernest A., and Gustavo Casas-Andreu. 2008. Standard Spanish, English and Scientific Names of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico. Herpetological Circular 38: 167 p.
  • Ramírez-Reyes, T., Blair, C., Flores-Villela, O., Piñero, D., Lathrop, A., Murphy, R. 2020. Phylogenomics and molecular species delimitation reveals great cryptic diversity of leaf-toed geckos (Phyllodactylidae: Phyllodactylus), ancient origins, and diversification in Mexico. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (2020), doi: - get paper here
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