Gekkota

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Gekkota
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous - Holocene[1]
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Lygodactylus luteopicturatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Infraorder: Gekkota
Families

Carphodactylidae
Diplodactylidae
Eublepharidae
Gekkonidae
Sphaerodactylidae

Gekkota is an infraorder of squamate reptiles in the suborder Scleroglossa, comprising all geckos and the limbless "snake-lizards" of family Pygopodidae. The legless lizards of the family Dibamidae, also referred to as blind lizards,[2] have occasionally been counted as gekkotans, but recent molecular phylogenies suggest otherwise.[3][4]

Gekkota is composed of seven families:[5][6][7][8][9]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnold, E.N., & Poinar, G. (2008). "A 100 million year old gecko with sophisticated adhesive toe pads, preserved in amber from Myanmar (abstract)" (PDF). Zootaxa. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ Myers, P., R.; Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. (2008). "Infraorder GekkotaInfraorder Gekkota (blind lizards, geckos, and legless lizards)". The Animal Diversity Web (online). Retrieved 2009-04-04.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  3. ^ Townsend, T., A. Larson, E. Louis, & J. R. Macey. 2004. Molecular phylogenetics of Squamata: The position of snakes, amphisbaenians, and dibamids, and the root of the squamate tree. Systematic Biology 53: 735–758.
  4. ^ Vidal, N. & S. B. Hedges. 2005. The phylogeny of squamate reptiles (lizards, snakes, and amphisbaenians) inferred from nine nuclear protein-coding genes. Comptes Rendus Biologies 328: 1000–1008.
  5. ^ Han, D., K. Zhou, & A. M. Bauer. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships among gekkotan lizards inferred from c-mos nuclear DNA sequences and a new classification of the Gekkota. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 83: 353– 368.
  6. ^ Gamble, T., A. M. Bauer, E. Greenbaum, & T.R. Jackman. 2008. Out of the blue: A novel, trans-Atlantic clade of geckos (Gekkota, Squamata). Zoologica Scripta 37: 355-366.
  7. ^ Gamble, T., A. M. Bauer, E. Greenbaum, & T.R. Jackman. 2008. Evidence for Gondwanan vicariance in an ancient clade of gecko lizards. Journal of Biogeography 35: 88-104
  8. ^ Gamble, T., A. M. Bauer, G. R. Colli, E. Greenbaum, and T.R. Jackman, L. J. Vitt and A. M. Simons. 2011. Coming to America: Multiple Origins of New World Geckos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:231-244.
  9. ^ Gamble, T., E. Greenbaum, T.R. Jackman, A.P. Russell, and A.M. Bauer. 2012. Repeated origin and loss of adhesive toepads in geckos. PLoS ONE 7:e39429

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