Phyllodactylus luPitae, in Castro-Franco & Uribe-Pena, 1992

Ramírez-Reyes, Tonatiuh & Flores-Villela, Oscar, 2018, Taxonomic changes and description of two new species for the Phyllodactylus lanei complex (Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae) in Mexico, Zootaxa 4407 (2), pp. 151-190: 175-176

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Phyllodactylus luPitae
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Phyllodactylus luPitae   Castro-Franco & Uribe-Peña, 1992

Holotype. Adult female, EBUM 1242 View Materials collected by R. Gonzalo Gaviño de la Torre on La Peña Island (or Coral island), Nayarit, Mexico, November 21, 1986.  

Diagnosis. This is a larger gecko along with P. lanei   and P. benedettii   of the P. lanei   complex. It presents 28.8 tubercles from head to tail, similar to P. rupinus   (28) and P. kropotkini   (28.4). These counts differ from the other gecko species: P. isabelae   (32.2), P. lanei   (33.2), P. benedettii   (27.4), P. t. magnus   (37), P. muralis   (33.6) and P. tuberculosus   (36.4). Phyllodactylus lupitae   differs clearly from the other species as it shows 25.5 third labial –snout scales, the others: P. isabelae   (21.4), P. lanei   (21.2), P. rupinus   (20.6), P. benedettii   (22.3), P. kropotkini   (20.2), P. t. magnus   (24.6), P. muralis   (25.2) and P. tuberculosus   (24.2). It is a unique species because it shows 24.6 scales across venter, the others: P. isabelae   (27.8), P. lanei   (30), P. rupinus   (26.5), P. benedettii   (29.1), P. kropotkini   (30.6), P. t. magnus   (27.3), P. muralis   (33) and P. tuberculosus   (30.2). Also presents 61.8 longitudinal scales, the others: P. isabelae   (56.2), P. lanei   (66), P. rupinus   (63.6), P. benedettii   (62.6), P. kropotkini   (67.6), P. t. magnus   (54.6), P. muralis   (59) and P. tuberculosus   (57.7).

Distribution. This species is endemic to Coral Island (or La Peña island), Nayarit, Mexico.