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Phyllodactylus xanti.jpg
Leaf-toed gecko (Phyllodactylus xanti)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Infraorder: Gekkota
Infraorder: Gekkomorpha
Superfamily: Gekkonoidea
Family: Phyllodactylidae

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The Phyllodactylidae are a family of geckos (Gekkota) consisting of approximately 113 species,[1] distributed throughout the New World, North Africa, Europe and the Middle East. The Phyllodactylidae were described based on a molecular phylogenetic analysis in 2008 and all members possess a unique single codon deletion in the phosducin (PDC) gene.[2] The phyllodactylid genus Bogertia has been recently synonymized with Phyllopezus.[3]


These genera are considered members of the Phyllodactylidae:[4]


  1. ^ Reptile Database
  2. ^ GAMBLE, T., A. M. BAUER, E. GREENBAUM and T. R. JACKMAN, 2008 Out of the blue: a novel, trans-Atlantic clade of geckos (Gekkota, Squamata). Zoologica Scripta 37: 355–366.
  3. ^ Gamble, T., G. R. Colli, M. T. Rodrigues, F. P. Werneck and A. M. Simons. 2012. Phylogeny and cryptic diversity in geckos (Phyllopezus; Phyllodactylidae; Gekkota) from South America's open biomes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62:943–953.
  4. ^ GAMBLE, T., A. M. BAUER, G. R. COLLI, E. GREENBAUM, 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.