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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Turner’s (Thick-toed) Gecko
G: Turners Dickfingergecko 
SynonymHomodactylus turneri GRAY 1864: 59 (fide BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991)
Pachydactylus [bibronii] var. stellatus — WERNER 1910: 309 (fide LOVERIDGE)
Pachydactylus bibroni turneri — PARKER 1936: 129
Pachydactylus bibroni turneri — MERTENS 1938
Pachydactylus bibronii turneri — LOVERIDGE 1947: 405
Pachydactylus bibronii turneri — WERMUTH 1965: 116
Pachydactylus laevigatus turneri — BENYR 1995
Pachydactylus turneri — BATES & HEIDEMAN 1997: 16
Pachydactylus turneri — BRANCH 1998: 252
Pachydactylus turneri — RÖSLER 2000: 100
Pachydactylus turneri — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Chondrodactylus turneri — BAUER & LAMB 2005
Chondrodactylus turneri laevigatus — BAUER & LAMB 2005
Chondrodactylus turneri — BRANCH et al. 2005
Pachydactylus turneri laevigatus — CIMATTI 2007
Chondrodactylus turneri — BATES et al. 2014: 104
Chondrodactylus turneri — EIFLER et al. 2017 
DistributionRwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland?, Namibia, Angola (Pico Acevedo), Kenya

Type locality: Tete, Mozambique.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.26.7-8, 1864.1.9.10-15; Paratype: MCZ 
CommentType species: Homodactylus turneri GRAY 1864 is the type species of the genus Homodactylus GRAY 1864, which was synonymized with Pachydactylus by PETERS 1865.

Distribution: Not in Angola fide Marques et al. 2018. 
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