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Phyllodactylus santacruzensis DIXON, 1966

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Santa Cruz Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymPhyllodactylus santacruzensis DIXON 1966: 449
Phyllodactylus santacruzensis — KLUGE 1993
Phyllodactylus santacruzensis — LINER 1994
Phyllodactylus santacruzensis — RÖSLER 2000: 105
Phyllodactylus santacruzensis — LINER 2008
Phyllodactylus santacruzensis — RAMIREZ-REYES et al. 2020 
DistributionMexico (Baja CaliforniaIsla: Isla Santa Cruz)

Type locality: Isla Santa Cruz, Baja California.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 98468; Paratypes: CAS, MCZ, SDNHM = SDSNH 50872, 50873 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (santacruzensis). Average snout-vent length of 47.5 mm, differing from all other species of the xanti complex in having a significantly higher number of para-vertebral tubercles, and lower number of scales bordering the postmentals (Dixon 1966: 449). 
CommentSubspecies and synonyms: see also P. xanti.

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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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