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Phyllodactylus thompsoni VENEGAS, TOWNSEND, KOCH & BÖHME, 2008

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPhyllodactylus thompsoni VENEGAS, TOWNSEND, KOCH & BÖHME 2008
Phyllodactylus thompsoni — AURICH et al. 2015 
DistributionPeru (Amazonas, Cajamarca, La Libertad)

Type locality: 7 km east of Balsas, 1,400 m elevation, Departamento de Amazonas, Peru (6.84°S, 77.986°W).  
TypesHolotype: UF 126943, a female, Florida State Museum of Natural History, collected 29 April 1972 by F. G. Thompson, original field number FGT 1511. Paratypes: ZFMK 84998 and 85000, adult males, and ZFMK 84999, adult female, MUSM. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Of the species of Phyllodactylus found in mainland South America, P. thompsoni is the only species with an enlarged postanal scale; this species can be further differentiated from P. angustidigitus, P. gerrhopygus, and P. heterurus by lacking an abdominal plaque anterior to the cloaca (abdominal plaque present in aforementioned species), from P. inaequalis and P. microphyllus by having well-defined rows of enlarged, trihedral tubercles (dorsal tubercles small, rounded, not arranged in regular rows), from P. dixoni, P. reissi, P. delsolari, and P. ventralis by not exceeding 42 mm SVL (those four species regularly exceed 70 mm SVL), from P. johnwrighti by having internasals in contact along the medial suture (internasals usually separated in P. johnwrighti), from P. sentosus by having enlarged medial subcaudals (medial subcaudals not enlarged in P. sentosus), from P. clinatus, P. interandinus, and P. lepidopygus by having enlarged trihedral tubercles on the dorsal surface of tibia (dorsal surface of tibia with very small granular scales in P. clinatus or with rounded, elevated scales in P. interandinus and P. lepidopygus), from P. pumilis by having homogenous scales on the proximal one-fourth of the tail (scales heterogeneous on the proximal one-fourth of the tail in P. pumilis), and from P. kofordi by lacking rows of enlarged tubercles on the tail (enlarged tubercles on the tail present in P. kofordi). 
EtymologyThe specific name thompsoni is a patronym honoring F. G. Thompson, collector of the holotype of this new species. Thompson has served as a curator of Malacology at the Florida Museum of Natural History since 1966, during which time he has conducted biological surveys in 18 countries worldwide that have led him to describe two subfamilies, 35 genera, and over 200 species of mollusks, as well as new species of Thamnophis, Xenosaurus, and Leptotyphlops. 
  • Aurich, Janina; Claudia Koch, Wolfgang Böhme 2015. Reproduction in a gecko assemblage (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae) in the Marañon Region (Peru) and comments on the largest gecko in the New World. Phyllomedusa 14 (1): 53-62 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Koch, C. 2010. Geheimnisvolles Peru. Reptilia (Münster) 15 (82): 36-45 - get paper here
  • Koch, C.; A.M. Beraún. 2011. Squamata, Phyllodactylidae, Phyllodactylus thompsoni Venegas, Townsend, Koch and Böhme, 2008 and Phyllodactylus delsolari Venegas, Townsend, Koch and Böhme, 2008: Latitudinal and altitudinal distribution extension and geographic distribution map. Check List 7 (3): 272-275 - get paper here
  • KOCH, CLAUDIA; PABLO J. VENEGAS, ROY SANTA CRUZ, WOLFGANG BÖHME 2018. Annotated checklist and key to the species of amphibians and reptiles inhabiting the northern Peruvian dry forest along the Andean valley of the Marañón River and its tributaries. Zootaxa 4385 (1): 001–101 - get paper here
  • Venegas, Pablo J.; Josiah H. Townsend, Claudia Koch, and Wolfgang Böhme 2008. Two New Sympatric Species of Leaf-Toed Geckos (Gekkonidae: Phyllodactylus) from the Balsas Region of the Upper Marañon Valley, Peru. Journal of Herpetology 42 (2): 386-396 - get paper here
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