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Acanthodactylus arabicus BOULENGER, 1919

IUCN Red List - Acanthodactylus arabicus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Arabian Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus cantoris var. arabicus BOULENGER 1919
Acanthodactylus arabicus — SALVADOR 1982: 143
Acanthodactylus arabicus— HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus arabicus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionS Yemen

Type locality: “Sud de l’Arabie”  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.4.33-42 (Aden) and others, MCZ 28685 (Aden) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small, slender body with pointed snout. Four large supraoculars. One row of granules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Five supralabials anterior to the subocular. Subocular separated from the lip and lodged among the 4th, 5th, and 6th supralabial. Two supratemporals. Strongly keeled temporals. Scant pectination of ear opening. Intensely imbricate gulars.
Dorsals strongly keeled and double the size of laterals, numbering 27 to 37 across the middle of the body. Ventrals arranged in 14 longitudinal rows with the outermost ones oblique and keeled. Four series of scales on the fingers. Strongly pectinate toes. Color pattern consisting of light and dark longitudinal bands (Salvador 1982: 143). 
CommentThe publication date is 1919, not 1918, fide Frétey 2023. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1919. Sur les lézards du genre Acanthodactylus Wieg. Bull. Soc. zool. France 43: 143-155 [1918] - get paper here
  • Salvador, A 1982. A revision of the lizards of the genus Acanthodactylus (Sauria: Lacertidae). Bonner Zool. Monogr. (16): 1-167 - get paper here
  • Schmidt,K.P. 1939. Reptiles and amphibians from Southwestern Asia. Publ. Field Mus. nat. Hist., zool. Ser., 24: 49-92 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • van der Kuyl, Antoinette C.; Donato L. Ph. Ballasina, John T. Dekker, Jolanda Maas, Ronald E. Willemsen and Jaap Goudsmit 2002. Phylogenetic Relationships among the Species of the Genus Testudo (Testudines: Testudinidae) Inferred from Mitochondrial 12S rRNA Gene Sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 22: 174-183 - get paper here
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