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Phyllodactylus papenfussi MURPHY, BLAIR & DE LA CRUZ, 2009

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPhyllodactylus papenfussi MURPHY, BLAIR & DE LA CRUZ 2009
Phyllodactylus papenfussi — PALACIOS-AGUILAR 2020 
DistributionMexico (Guerrero)

Type locality: 10.8 km (by road) south of Mezcala on old Hwy 95 (17°50’44” N, 99°34’36” W, 594 m elevation) Guerrero, Mexico.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
Typesholotype: ROM 45098 (field no. rom 35313), an adult female, collected 22 June 2001 by Johan lindell, fausto r. méndez de la cruz, and francisco rodríguez. Paratypes – ihB 21957 (rom 45099; field no. rom 35314), an adult female from 10.8 km (by road) south of mezcala on old hwy 95 (17°50’44”n, 99°34’36”w, 594 m elevation) guerrero, mexico, collected 22 June 2001 by Johan lindell, fausto r. méndez de la cruz, and francisco rodríguez; tcwc 55123 (adult male; csl 4177 and uclA lab no. 77-1006), tcwc 55124 (adult female, gravid with one egg; original numbers csl 4176 and uclA lab. no. 77-1007), tcwc 55125 (csl 4178, uclA lab no. 77-1005), tcwc 55126 (csl 4179) all taken from 24.9 km south of mezcala (by mex. hwy. 95), 780 m elevation, west side of an abandoned road tun- nel on the west side of mexico highway 95, guer- rero, mexico, taken 24 november 1977 by robert w. murphy, carl s. lieb, and John e. cadle; cAs 145358, 145359 (adult female, gravid with one egg), and 147353-57 (uclA lab no. 78-78 to 78-82, re- spectively) from 12 km south of mezcala (by mex. hwy. 95), taken 20 January 1978 by theodore J. pap- enfuss and John e. cadle; mVZ 112381 (tJp 10206), rio Balsas at mexico highway 95, collected 31 July 1974 by theodore J. papenfuss. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Phyllodactylus papenfussi can be separat- ed from all other north American species of Phyllo‐ dactylus by its small size. it can also be distinguished from all north American and middle American spe- cies, except P. duellmani, in having a low mean value of loreal scales from eye to snout (9.6) and from all species except P. duellmani and P. paucituberculatus in having a low mean value of scales across the venter (23.6); from P. duellmani and P. paucituberculatus it can be distinguished by a larger mean value of trans- verse tubercle rows (13.8) and from P. duellmani in having a lower mean value of a) tubercles from head to tail (31.8), b) tubercles from axilla to groin (18.9) and c) six transverse rows of tubercles across the tail base (including juveniles). 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed for Theodore J. Papenfuss, who collected the first known specimen (MVS 112381), and in recognition of his outstanding worldwide collecting efforts and his openly assisting the research efforts of others. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Murphy, Robert W.; Christopher Blair, Fausto R. Mendez De La Cruz 2009. A New Species of Leaf-Toed Gecko, Genus Phyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae) from Guerrero, Mexico. South American J. Herp. 4 (1): 17-24 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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