Phyllodactylus lanei Smith, 1935

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

publication ID

publication LSID

persistent identifier

treatment provided by


scientific name

Phyllodactylus lanei Smith, 1935


Phyllodactylus lanei Smith, 1935  

Holotype. Adult male, CNHM 100067 View Materials , collected by Edward H. Taylor and Hobart M. Smith near Tierra Colorada Guerrero, June 30, 1932.  

Diagnosis. A large gecko according to Dixon (1964) attaining a snout-vent length of 78 mm. This observation agrees with ours, as the largest species in the P. lanei   complex are P. lanei   , P. benedettii   and P. lupitae   . Has more than 30 tubercles from head to tail (33.2), similar to P. isabelae   (32.2) and P. muralis   (33.6). The other species of the P. lanei   complex have fewer than 30, P. lupitae   (28.8), P. rupinus   (28), P. benedettii   (27.4), P. kropotkini   (28.4). Other species of geckos with more tubercles are P. t. magnus   (37) and P. tuberculosus   (36.4). Phyllodactylus lanei   presents 30 scales across the venter similar to P. kropotkini   (30.6) and P. tuberculosus   (30.2), but differing from P. isabelae   (27.8), P. lupitae   (24.6), P. rupinus   (26.5), P. benedettii   (29.1) and P. t. magnus   (27.3).

Distribution. This species is restricted to the localities of Tierra Colorada and Chilpancingo, Guerrero and adjacent locations of medium-low altitude localities.