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Ptyodactylus guttatus HEYDEN, 1827

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Sinai Fan-fingered Gecko 
SynonymPtyodactylus guttatus HEYDEN 1827
Gecko maculatus SCHINZ 1833 (nom. subst. pro P. guttatus)
Ptyodactylus gecko — GRAY 1845: 151
Ptyodactylus lacazii BOUTAN 1892: 18
Ptyodactylus lacazi — BOUTAN 1893: 444
Ptyodactylus guttatus — KLUGE 1993
Ptyodactylus guttatus — RÖSLER 2000: 107
Ptyodactylus guttatus — LIVIGNI 2013: 401
Ptyodactylus guttatus — BAHA EL DIN 2013
Ptyodactylus guttatus — BAR et al. 2021 
DistributionEgypt, Israel (Gizeh/Beni Hassan, Faroun), Syria, West Jordan, N Saudi Arabia

Type locality: “Gegend von Tor im peträischen Arabien, auch am Sinai”

siphonorhina: Egypt (see map in METALLINOU et al. 2015); Type locality: Abu Roash, near Gizeh.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 8369 (formerly 4110d) 
CommentSynonymy: after WERNER & SIVAN (1994) who consider the Omani populations of P. hasselquisti as P. guttatus. Previous authors considered P. siphonorhina as a synonym of P. guttatus.

Distribution: Not in Oman (Carranza et al. 2018). See Bar et al. 2021 for a map.

Sexual dimorphism: females are lighter colored and patches are less contrast than in males (Werner, 1993). 
EtymologyThe name guttata is Latin for "spotted" and refers to the numerous dark and light spots and blotches on the back of the species. 
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