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Acanthodactylus ahmaddisii WERNER, 2004

IUCN Red List - Acanthodactylus ahmaddisii - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Jordanischer Pantherfransenfinger 
SynonymAcanthodactylus ahmaddisii WERNER 2004
Acanthodactylus ahmaddisii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionNW Jordan

Type locality: 36 km south of Amman, Jordan.  
TypesHolotype: HUJ R 1296 
CommentAcanthodactylus ahmaddisii was described from a single specimen which differs from A. pardalis (Lichtenstein, 1823) of eastern Libya and Egypt, and A. beershebensis Moravec et al., 1999 from Israel. Compared to the latter two populations, A. ahmaddisii is larger with smaller head and shorter appendages and fewer (larger) dorsals. It also differs in qualitative pholidotic characters, especially by having tricarinate subdigitals, and in colour pattern.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed for Prof Ahmad M. DISI of the University of Jordan, Amman, in recognition of his pioneering, continual and prolific contribution to the herpetology of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and of the Levant in general. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Disi, Ahmad; Zuhair S. Amr, Nashat Hamidan 2014. Diversity, Threats, and Conservation of the Terrestrial and Freshwater Herpetofauna of Jordan. Russ. J. Herpetol. 21 (3): 221-233 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2009. Fransenfingereidechsen (Acanthodactylus) in der Natur und im Terrarium. Teil 4: Die Acanthodactylus-pardalis-Gruppe. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (76): 52-60 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Werner, Y. L. 2004. A new species of the Acanthodactylus pardalis group (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from Jordan. Zoology in the Middle East 32: 39–46 - get paper here
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