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Ptyodactylus puiseuxi BOUTAN, 1893

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Israeli Fan-fingered Gecko 
SynonymPtyodactylus puiseuxi BOUTAN 1893: 379
Ptyodactylus bischoffsheimi BOUTAN 1893: 340
Ptyodactylus montmahoui BOUTAN 1893: 369
Ptyodactylus barroisi BOUTAN 1893: 375
Ptyodactylus lobatus syriacus PERACCA 1894
Ptyodactylus lobatus sancti-montis BARBOUR 1914
Ptyodactylus hasselquistii puiseuxi — WERNER 1965
Ptyodactylus hasselquistii puisieuxi [sic] — ESTERBAUER 1985
Ptyodactylus puiseuxi — KLUGE 1993
Ptyodactylus puiseuxi — RÖSLER 2000: 107
Ptyodactylus puiseuxi — MEIRI et al. 2019 
DistributionIsrael, Syria, Jordan (Palmyra Azraq), Iraq, Lebanon

Type locality: Lac de Houleh, Syria.  
TypesHolotype: MHNB, but not found (Werner & Sivan 1994, DE LISLE et al. 2013: 221)
Holotype: MCZ 9757 [sancti-montis]
Holotype: MSNTO R238 [syriacus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A middle-sized Ptyodactylus species with a large triangular head, tail shorter than body length; dorsal scales small, granular and mixed with smooth, round and small conical tubercles. No tubercles in front of the head. Tail shorter than snout-vent length, with 4 dark bands and small white spots. No caudal whorl. Snout-vent length 63 mm, tail length 54 mm. Colour of specimens from Ana preserved in formaldehyde: light brown with white spots. The Rutba material is darker and more robust. 
CommentSynonymy after KLUGE 1993, who used both BOUTAN and BOUTON several times although his bibliography lists only papers by BOUTAN. Color image in IN DEN BOSCH (1999). P. puiseuxi and its synonyms have been listed as synonyms of P. hasselquistii by WERMUTH (1965).

Distribution: see Bar et al. 2021 for a map. 
EtymologyNamed after Victor Alexandre Puiseux (1820-1883), an astronomer. On graduating (1837) he entered Ecole Normale Superieure, where he was awarded his doctorate (1841). 
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  • Al-Quran, S. 2009. The Herpetofauna of the Southern Jordan. American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 6 (4): 385-391 [this journal has a dubious record, see]
  • Aloufi, A., Amr, Z., & Baker, M. A. 2022. Reptiles from'Uruq Bani Ma'arid and Harat al Harrah protected areas in Saudi Arabia: Reptiles from two protected areas in Saudi Arabia. Herpetology Notes 15: 483-491
  • Bar, A., Haimovitch, G. and Meiri, S. 2021. Field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Israel. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt Am Main. ISBN 9783-89973-120-0 - get paper here
  • Bar, Aviad and Guy Haimovitch 2012. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Israel. Pazbar LTD, 246 pp. - get paper here
  • Barbour, Thomas 1914. Notes on some reptiles from Sinai and Syria. Proc. New England zool. Club 5: 73-92 - 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
  • BOSCH, H.A.J. In DEN 1999. Die Eidechsen des Mount Hermon im Biotop mit ersten Daten zur Fortpflanzung. Elaphe 7 (4): 68-75
  • Boutan, L. 1893. Mémoire sur les reptiles rapportés de Syrie par le Docteur Théod. Barrois. 1re Partie. Genre Ptyodactyle. Revue Biologique du Nord de la France, 5:1-36 [reprint pagination]. - get paper here
  • Disi, A.M.; Modry, D.; Necas, P. & Rifai, L. 2001. Amphibians and reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 408 pp.
  • Disi, Ahmad M., Zuhair S. Amr and Harald Martens 2004. On a collection of amphibians and reptiles made by J. Klapperich in Jordan. Herpetozoa 16 (3/4):141-150 - get paper here
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  • Goldberg, S.R. & Maza, E. 2017. Ptyodactylus puiseuxi (Israeli Fan-fingered Gecko) Reproduction. Herpetological Review 48 (4): 853-854 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 1987. Beitrag zur Systematik der Fächerfinger (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Ptyodactylus). Salamandra 23 (4): 212-235 - get paper here
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  • Meiri, Shai; Amos Belmaker, Daniel Berkowic, Kesem Kazes, Erez Maza, Guy Bar-Oz and Roi Dor 2019. A checklist of Israeli land vertebrates. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution - get paper here
  • Modrý, P., Rifai, L., Abu Baker, M. & Amr, Z. 2004. Amphibians and reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Denisia 14 (Neue Serie 2): 407-420 - get paper here
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  • Pola, L., Hejduk, V., Winkelhöfer, T., Zíka, A., Baker, M. A. A., & Amr, Z. S. 2020. Recent Observations on Amphibians and Reptiles in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan Journal of Natural History, 7: 11-29 - get paper here
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  • Werner Y L. Sivan N. 1996. Systematics and zoogeography of Ptyodactylus (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) in the levant: 3, experimental and natural hybrids of P. guttatus and P. puiseuxi. ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY. 1996. vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 185-202.
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  • Werner, Yehudah L.;Sivan, Naomi 1993. Systematics and zoogeography of Ptyodactylus (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) in the Levant:1. Biometry of three species in Israel. Revista Española de Herpetología 7: 47-64
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