Radiation and convergence among desert geckos: Phyllodactylus species resembling both Ptyodactylus and Stenodactylus

Nelly Carrillo De Espinoza, Antonio Salas, Daniel Rothenstein, Yehudah L. Werner

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Abstract

Using field observations and museum material, we compare environmental, morphological and biological aspects of some Peruvian and Israeli desert lizards (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). The rupicolous species Phyllodactylus retssi (Peru) resembles Ptyodactylus hasselquistii (Israel) whereas the psammophilous Phyllodactylus microphyllus (Peru) resembles Stenodactylus sthenoáadylus (Israel). The similarities include habitat, activity timing, body size, body shape, scutellation, digit structure, eye size, sexual size difference and clutch size. Hence new world Phyllodactylus have radiated attaining a divergence paralleling that between very distinct old world genera.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalAmphibia Reptilia
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990

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