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Phyllodactylus nocticolus DIXON, 1964

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesPhyllodactylus nocticolus nocticolus DIXON 1964
Phyllodactylus nocticolus acorius DIXON 1966
Phyllodactylus nocticolus sloani BOSTIC 1971 
Common NamesE: Peninsula Leaf-toed Gecko
S: Salamanquesa Insular 
SynonymPhyllodactylus xanti nocticolus DIXON 1964: 55
Phyllodactylus xanti nocticolus — WERMUTH 1965: 147
Phyllodactylus nocticolus nocticolus — MURPHY 1983
Phyllodactylus xanti nocticolus — RÖSLER 2000: 105
Phyllodactylus nocticolus — CROTHER 2000
Phyllodactylus nocticolus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Phyllodactylus nocticolus — ENDERSON et al. 2009

Phyllodactylus nocticolus acorius DIXON 1966
Phyllodactylus xanti acorius DIXON 1966: 442
Phyllodactylus xanti angulus DIXON 1966: 433
Phyllodactylus xanti circus DIXON 1966: 439
Phyllodactylus xanti estebanensis DIXON 1966: 437
Phyllodactylus nocticolus acorius — MURPHY 1983
Phyllodactylus nocticolus angulus — MURPHY 1983
Phyllodactylus nocticolus circus — MURPHY 1983
Phyllodactylus nocticolus estebanensis — MURPHY 1983
Phyllodactylus xanti — STEBBINS 1985: 112
Phyllodactylus xanti — KLUGE 1993
Phyllodactylus nocticolus — LINER 1994
Phyllodactylus xanti — LINER 1994
Phyllodactylus xanti — RÖSLER 2000: 105
Phyllodactylus nocticolus acorius — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Phyllodactylus nocticolus circus — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Phyllodactylus nocticolus estebanensis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Phyllodactylus nocticolus zweifeli — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Phyllodactylus nocticolus sloani BOSTIC 1971
Phyllodactylus xanti sloani BOSTIC 1971: 252
Phyllodactylus nocticolus sloani — MURPHY 1983
Phyllodactylus xanti sloani — KLUGE 1993
Phyllodactylus nocticolus sloani — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Phyllodactylus nocticolus sloani — MURPHY et al. 2009 
DistributionMexico (Baja California, Sonora),
USA (S California)

Type locality: Agua Caliente Hot Springs, San Diego County, California.

acorius: Type locality: Isla San Diego, Baja California.

angulus: Type locality: Islas Salsipuedes, Baja California

estebanensis: Type locality: Isla San Esteban, Baja California.  
TypesHolotype: SDNHM = SDSNH 34824
Holotype: CAS 98451, adult male; Paratypes: CAS, MCZ, SDNHM = SDSNH 50827-50829 [acorius]
Holotype: CAS 08477, male; Paratypes SDNHM = SDSNH 44238, 44239, 44677, 44678, 50833, 50856-50859, 50868, 50869 [angulus]
Holotype: SDMNH = SDNHM = SDSNH 50814, adult female; paratypes: CAS, SDNHM = SDSNH 50809-50812, 50815-50817 [circus]
Holotype: CAS; Paratypes SDNHM = SDSNH 50852, 50853, 50870, 50871 [estebanensis] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis:This, the largest subspecies, averages 52.4 mm in snout-vent length. It differs from all other races except angulus by the absence of thigh tubercles; from angulus in larger average snout-vent length and less numerous paravertebral tubercles from axilla to groin (23.0) and from rear of head to base of tail (36.7) (Dixon 1969). 
CommentMost subspecies of P. xanti have been described as subspecies of P. nocticolus. Grismer (1999) synonymized most subspecies with P. xanti because he couldn’t find any clearly diagnosable differences. For the separate species status of P. nocticolus refer to Flores-Villela (1993), Powell et al. (1998), and Crother et al. (2000). 
EtymologyNamed after nocticolus, from the Latin nocturnus, of the night, and the New Latin -colus, meaning dwelling in.

P. n. acorius was named after acorius, from the Latin acorius, meaning mountain top. 
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