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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesPachydactylus punctatus amoenoides HEWITT 1935
Pachydactylus punctatus punctatus PETERS 1855 
Common NamesE: Pointed Thick-toed Gecko, Speckled Thick-toed Gecko 
SynonymPachydactylus punctatus PETERS 1854: 615
Pachydactylus punctatus — BOULENGER 1885: 206
Pachydactylus brunnthaleri [WERNER 1913]
Pachydactylus punctatus brunnthaleri — HEWITT 1926: 478
Pachydactylus punctatus brunnthaleri — HEWITT 1927: 398
Pachydactylus punctatus langi FITZSIMONS 1932: 35
Pachydactylus punctatus punctatus — AUERBACH 1987: 84
Pachydactylus punctatus — KLUGE 1993
Pachydactylus punctatus punctatus — RÖSLER 2000: 99
Pachydactylus punctatus — BATES et al. 2014: 138
Pachydactylus cf. punctatus — BUTLER et al. 2019

Pachydactylus punctatus amoenoides HEWITT 1935
Pachydactylus punctatus amoenoides HEWITT 1935: 314
Pachydactylus punctatus amoenoides — LOVERDIGE 1947: 356
Pachydactylus amoenoides — LAURENT 1964: 36
Pachydactylus amoenoides — WERMUTH 1965: 115
Pachydactylus punctatus amoenoides — DE LISLE et al. 2013: 184
Pachydactylus amoenoides — BRANCH et al. 2019 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Zimbabwe

Type locality: “Sena und Tette” [Mozambique]; restricted to “Tette” by designation of the lectotype.

amoenoides: Angola, Namibia. Type locality: “Luderitzbucht, South West Africa”  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 4799 (designated by LOVERIDGE 1947; see also BAUER & GÜNTHER 1991)
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 14574 [langi]
Syntypes: PEM R8070–1 (formerly AMG 5475); adult male [amoenoides] 
DiagnosisDescription: Loveridge 1947: 353.

Description (amoenoides): Loveridge 1947: 356 
CommentSubspecies: Pachydactylus punctatus scherzi MERTENS 1954 has been elevated to species status.

Similar species: Members of the Pachydactylus punctatus complex have been confused with a number of other southern African Pachydactylus, including the species P. geitje (Sparrman, 1778) and P. serval Werner, 1910, South African and Namibian endemics, respectively (Loveridge 1947; Bauer and Branch 1995, Marques et al. 2018). 
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