Phyllodactylus maresi LANZA, 1973
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Phyllodactylus maresi?
|Higher Taxa||Phyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Mares’ Leaf-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Phyllodactylus galapagensis maresi LANZA 1973: 157|
Phyllodactylus galapagensis maresi — DE LISLE et al. 2013, 2018
Phyllodactylus maresi — ARTEAGA et al. 2019
|Distribution||Galapagos Islands (Bartolomé, Marchena, Santiago, and Rábida, Mares Islet)|
Type locality: Mares Islet.
|Types||Holotype: MZUF (also as MF) 15325, adult female, collected by Lanza 1971|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. males 7.6 cm, females 9.1 cm. We compare Phyllodactylus maresi to other geckos traditionally assigned to P. galapagensis. From P. andysabini sp. n., P. simpsoni sp. n., and P. duncanensis, it differs in having pointed tubercles on the top of the head and having asymmetrical pine-cone-shaped fingertips as opposed to blunt and symmetrical fingertips (Fig. 6). From P. galapagensis, it differs in having a higher (39–53 vs 27–45) number of tubercles in a paravertebral row from base of tail to head. A description of P. maresi and a more detailed comparison with P. galapagensis is given in Lanza (1973).2 Genetic divergence in a 307 bp long fragment of the mitochondrial 12S gene between P. maresi and P. galapagensis is 3–4%, whereas intraspecific distances are 0–1% in eight individuals of P. maresi (Arteaga et al. 2019).|
|Etymology||Named after Lodovico Mares, an Italian businessman and Maecenas who funded the expedition that led to the discovery of the species on the islet now known as Mares.|