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Phyllodactylus lanei SMITH, 1935

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesPhyllodactylus lanei lupitae CASTRO-FRANCO & URIBE-PENA 1992
Phyllodactylus lanei isabelae CASTRO-FRANCO & URIBE-PENA 1992
Phyllodactylus lanei rupinus DIXON 1964
Phyllodactylus lanei lanei SMITH 1935 
Common NamesLane's Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymPhyllodactylus lanei SMITH 1935
Phyllodactylus magnatuberculatus TAYLOR 1940
Phyllodactylus lanei — STUART 1948
Phyllodactylus lanei — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 48
Phyllodactylus tuberculosus lanei — LEWIS 1956
Phyllodactylus lanei — WERMUTH 1965: 138
Phyllodactylus lanei — KLUGE 1993
Phyllodactylus lanei — LINER 1994
Phyllodactylus lanei — RÖSLER 2000: 104
Phyllodactylus lanei — RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2017
Phyllodactylus lanei — RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018

Phyllodactylus lanei lupitae CASTRO-FRANCO & URIBE-PENA 1992
Phyllodactylus lupitae — RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2017
Phyllodactylus lupitae — RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018

Phyllodactylus lanei isabelae CASTRO-FRANCO & URIBE-PENA 1992
Phyllodactylus isabelae — RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2017
Phyllodactylus isabelae — RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018

Phyllodactylus lanei rupinus DIXON 1964
Phyllodactylus lanei rupinus — CAMARILLO-RANGEL 1983
Phyllodactylus lanei rupinus — BLAIR et al. 2015
Phyllodactylus rupinus — RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2017
Phyllodactylus rupinus — RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018 
DistributionMexico (Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Morelos, Zacatecas)

isabelae: Mexico (Nayarit: Marietas Island); Type locality: Marietas Island, Nayarit, Mexico.

lanei: Guerrero, Morelos; Type locality: Tierra Colorado, Guerrero, Mexico.

lupitae: Mexico (SW Nayarit); Type locality: Isla La Peña, Nayarit, Mexico.

magnatuberculatus: Type locality: Mexico: Acapulco, Guerrero;

rupinus: Mexico (Nayarit, coastal Jalisco, S Michoacan, México); Type locality: 7 miles south of Lombardia, along Rio Marquez (461 m elevation), Michoacan, Mexico.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 100067, adult male (cited as CNHM 100067 in RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018)
Holotype: UIMNH 25059 (10995); H. M. Smith; October 10, 1936 [magnatuberculatus]
Holotype: EBUM 1242, adult female (UAEM), adult female [lupitae]
Holotype: ZUP 1152, adult female (appears to be the initials of the collector, Zeferino Uribe Peña); no other collection info provided in paper [isabelae]
Holotype: KU 67501, adult male, collected by James R. Dixon, Mike Sabath, and Richard Worthington, August 25, 1960 [rupinus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (lanei).: A large gecko according to Dixon (1964) attaining a snout-vent length of 78 mm. This observation agrees with ours, as the largest species in the P. lanei complex are P. lanei, P. benedettii and P. lupitae. Has more than 30 tubercles from head to tail (33.2), similar to P. isabelae (32.2) and P. muralis (33.6). The other species of the P. lanei complex have fewer than 30, P. lupitae (28.8), P. rupinus (28), P. benedettii (27.4), P. kropotkini (28.4). Other species of geckos with more tubercles are P. t. magnus (37) and P. tuberculosus (36.4). Phyllodactylus lanei presents 30 scales across the venter similar to P. kropotkini (30.6) and P. tuberculosus (30.2), but differing from P. isabelae (27.8), P. lupitae (24.6), P. rupinus (26.5), P. benedettii (29.1) and P. t. magnus (27.3) [from RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018]

Diagnosis (rupinus): A medium-sized gecko although on average larger than P. kropotkini; it presents 28 tubercles from head to tail, similar to P. lupitae (28.8) and P. kropotkini (28.4). It differs from P. isabelae (32.2), P. lanei (33.2), P. benedettii (27.4), P. t. magnus (37), P. muralis (33.6) and P. tuberculosus (36.4) in tubercular counts. Phyllodactylus rupinus presents 14 rows of tubercles across its dorsum similar to P. t. magnus (14.3) and P. tuberculosus (14), and differs from P. isabelae (16.7), P. lupitae (14.8), P. lanei (15.6), P. benedettii (13.8), P. kropotkini (13.4) and P. muralis (12.2). Phyllodactylus rupinus is clearly differentiated from other gecko species because it presents 26.5 scales across venter, while the others present: P. isabelae (27.8), P. lupitae (24.6), P. lanei (30), P. benedettii (29.1), P. kropotkini (30.6), P. t. magnus (27.33), P. muralis (33) and P. tuberculosus (30.2). [from RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018]

Diagnosis (isabelae). This species clearly differs from the others because it is the smallest of the analyzed in the present study (Fig. 6). It presents 56.2 longitudinal scales on average, it differs clearly from the others: P. lupitae (61.8), P. lanei (66), P. rupinus (63.6), P. benedettii (62.6), P. kropotkini (67.6), P. t. magnus (54.6), P. muralis (59) and P. tuberculosus (57.7). Also P. isabelae presents 27.8 scales across the venter similar to P. t. magnus (27.3) and differs from the others: P. lupitae (24.6), P. lanei (30), P. rupinus (26.5), P. benedettii (29.1), P. kropotkini (30.6), P. muralis (33) and P. tuberculosus (30.2). Phyllodactylus isabelae differs clearly from the others analyzed since it has the highest number of rows of tubercles across dorsum (16.7 on average) compared to the others: P. lupitae (14.8), P. lanei (15.6), P. rupinus (14), P. benedettii (13.8), P. kropotkini (13.4), P. t. magnus (14.3), P. muralis (12.2) and P. tuberculosus (14). [from RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018]

Diagnosis (lupitae): This is a larger gecko along with P. lanei and P. benedettii of the P. lanei complex. It presents 28.8 tubercles from head to tail, similar to P. rupinus (28) and P. kropotkini (28.4). These counts differ from the other gecko species: P. isabelae (32.2), P. lanei (33.2), P. benedettii (27.4), P. t. magnus (37), P. muralis (33.6) and P. tuberculosus (36.4). Phyllodactylus lupitae differs clearly from the other species as it shows 25.5 third labial–snout scales, the others: P. isabelae (21.4), P. lanei (21.2), P. rupinus (20.6), P. benedettii (22.3), P. kropotkini (20.2), P. t. magnus (24.6), P. muralis (25.2) and P. tuberculosus (24.2). It is a unique species because it shows 24.6 scales across venter, the others: P. isabelae (27.8), P. lanei (30), P. rupinus (26.5), P. benedettii (29.1), P. kropotkini (30.6), P. t. magnus (27.3), P. muralis (33) and P. tuberculosus (30.2). Also presents 61.8 longitudinal scales, the others: P. isabelae (56.2), P. lanei (66), P. rupinus (63.6), P. benedettii (62.6), P. kropotkini (67.6), P. t. magnus (54.6), P. muralis (59) and P. tuberculosus (57.7). [from RAMÍREZ-REYES & FLORES-VILLELA 2018] 
CommentHybridization: Phyllodactylus magnatuberculatus is a hybrid between P. tuberculosus magnus and P. lanei fide DIXON 1964).

Diversity: Ramírez-Reyes et al. 2017 suggested to split the P. lanei complex into 10 species, although they did not formally describe any of these. Two of them were described by Ramírez-Reyes & Flores-Villela 2018 though.

Distribution: Stuart 1948 listed lanei for Guatemala without having it found there. Neill & Allen 1959 reported Phyllodactylus tuberculosus lanei from Belize (British Honduras).

Subspecies: RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2018 diagnosed the (sub-) species of the P. lanei complex by average meristic characters (see diagnoses). This is not really useful without providing ranges (which they do provide in their Table 2, but that doesn’t have any information about sample sizes). Also, they do not provide any information about geographic variation; all specimens appear to be from small areas without any apparent sampling in between them (Fig. 1 in RAMÍREZ-REYES et al. 2018: 153). All (sub-) species appear to be genetically different, except P. lupitae and P. isabelae which are the most closely related of the P. lanei complex. The localities of lupitae and isabelae are only ~40 kim apart, so closer analysis of their variation will be required to ascertain their status.

NCBI taxon ID: 1607986 [lupitae]
NCBI taxon ID: 1607987 [isabelae]
NCBI taxon ID: 1607988 [rupinus]
NCBI taxon ID: 1607989 [lanei] 
Etymology 
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