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Acanthodactylus felicis ARNOLD, 1980

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cat Fringe-fingered Lizard, South Arabian Fringe-toed Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus felicis ARNOLD 1980: 300
Acanthodactylus felicis — VAN DER KOOIJ 2001
Acanthodactylus felicis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionS Yemen, Oman (Dhufar)

Type locality: Hadhramaut’, Republic of South Yemen”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Medium-small species. Short snout. Toes relatively very long. Four supraoculars. One row ofgranules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Small granular temporals without keels. Large ear opening slightly denticulated anteriorly by two or three scales. Moderately pectinate border ofeyelid and large scales covering lower lid. Subocular separated from the lip and wedged between the fourth and fifth supralabial. Ventrals arranged in 8 straight longitudinal rows. Dorsal scales larger than laterals, numbering from 36 to 42. Scant pectination oftoes. Three series of scales on fingers (Salvador 1982: 50; see also Arnold 1980: 300). 
Etymologyfrom the classical term for Southern Arabia, “Arabia Felix”. 
  • Arnold E N 1980. The scientific results of the Oman flora and fauna survey 1977 (Dhofar). The reptiles and amphibians of Dhofar, southern Arabia. JOURNAL OF OMAN STUDIES SPECIAL REPORT (No. 2): 273-332 - get paper here
  • Carranza S, Xipell M, Tarroso P, Gardner A, Arnold EN, Robinson MD, et al. 2018. Diversity, distribution and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles of Oman (Sauropsida, Squamata). PLoS One 13 (2): e0190389 - get paper here
  • Carranza, Salvador; Johannes Els; Bernat Burriel-Carranza 2021. A field guide to the reptiles of Oman. Madrid : Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 223 pp. [review in HR 53 (3): 531] - get paper here
  • Cox, N.A., Mallon, D., Bowles, P., Els, J. and Tognelli, M.F. (compilers). 2012. The Conservation Status and Distribution of Reptiles of the Arabian Peninsula. Cambridge, UK and Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, and Sharjah, UAE: Environment and Protected Areas Authority; ISBN 978-2-8317-1560-5 - get paper here
  • Gardner, A.S. 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Oman and the UAE. Edition Chimaira, 480 pp.
  • Gebhart, J. 2013. Oman, quer durch`s Weihrauchland - ein Reisetagebuch. L@CERTIDAE (Eidechsen Online) 2013 [8]: 142-159 - 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
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • van der Kooij, Jeroen 2001. The herpetofauna of the Sultanate of Oman: Part 3: The true lizards, skinks and monitor lizards. Podarcis 2 (1): 15-26 - get paper here
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