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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Ragazzi’s Fan-footed gecko 
SynonymPtyodactylus hasselquistii var. ragazzi ANDERSON 1898: 69
Ptyodactylus hasselquistii ragazzii — KLUGE 1993
Ptyodactylus hasselquistii ragazzii — RÖSLER 1995: 151
Ptyodactylus ragazzii — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 244
Ptyodactylus ragazzii — DE LA RIVA & PADIAL 2008 
DistributionS Algeria, Libya, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Ethiopia, Egypt, N Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti

Type locality: Egypt (restricted to the relalively mesic environment of Djebel (= Gebel) Elba (22°10’ N 36°20’ E). Restricted to Ghinda, Erythrea by LOVERIDGE 1947 (fide WERMUTH 1965).  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1896.5.19.12-18 
CommentSynonymy: Ptyodactylus hasselquistii var. togensis TORNIER 1901 has been considered as a synonym of P. ragazzi (e.g. HEIMES 1987) but more recently treated as valid species.

Distribution: not in Israel fide BAR & HAIMOVITCH 2012. Anderson 1898 actually give the type locality as “Eritrea and Shoa”. See map in Trape et al. 2012: 266 (who don’t show this species in Ghana) 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Vincenzo Ragazzi (1856-1929) of the Modena Natural History Society, who explored and collected in Ethiopia. He was a physician and was posted to the Italian research station, Let Marefia, Ethiopia (1884), later serving as its Director for several years. 
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