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Ptyodactylus puiseuxi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Gekkota
Family: Phyllodactylidae
Genus: Ptyodactylus
Oken, 1817[1]

Nine, see text.

Ptyodactylus is a genus of geckos, which are commonly known as fan-fingered geckos. The genus has nine described species.

Geographic range and habitat[edit]

The genus Ptyodactylus is distributed across dry areas of Africa and the Middle East.


The common name, fan-fingered geckos, is derived from the pattern of the straight toes which are splayed out like the pattern of a snowflake. The pads on the ventral surface of the toes are adhesive, and each toe has a retractable claw.

Species & subspecies[edit]

The following species and subspecies are recognized as being valid.[2]


  1. ^ "Ptyodactylus ". Dahms Tierleben.
  2. ^ "Ptyodactylus ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Oken L. 1817. Isis oder Encyclopadische Zeitung von Oken. Erster Band [Volume One]. Jena: Expedition der Isis. 1,576 pp. + 12 plates. (Ptyodactylus, new genus, p. 1183). (in German).