Three New Species of Ptyodactylus (Reptilia; Squamata; Phyllodactylidae) from the Middle East

Roman Nazarov, Daniel Melnikov, Ekaterina Melnikova


Three new species of Ptyodactylus from the Middle East are described. First preliminary data on mtDNA phylogeny of Ptyodactylus is presented.


fan-footed gecko; Ptyodactylus; Gekkonidae; new species; Oman; Jordan; mtDNA phylogeny

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