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Acanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus LEVITON & ANDERSON, 1967

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Saudi Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus LEVITON & ANDERSON 1967: 171
Acanthodactylus scutellatus PARKER 1931
Acanthodactylus fraseri — HAAS 1957
Acanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus — SALVADOR 1982: 136
Acanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus— HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionE Saudi Arabia, W United Arab Emirates

Type locality: Beda Azan [23°41'N, 53°28'E], Abu Dhabi)  
TypesHolotype: CAS 97803 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Slender body with pointed snout swollen at the nasal region. Four supraoculars, the fourth at times divided. One row of granules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Four supralabials anterior to the subocular. Subocular not in contact with the lip and lodged between the fourth and fifth supralabial. Three supratemporals. Ear opening almost closed off by two or three scales on the anterior portion. Very small dorsals numbering from 58 to76 across the midbody. Fingers with four series of scales. Very intense pectination of toes. Scales on the upperside of the tail medium-sized and only slightly keeled. Ventrals usually arranged in 12 straight longitudinal rows (Salvador 1982: 136). 
CommentDistribution: See map in Burriel-Carranza et al. 2019 for map in UAE. 
  • Burriel-Carranza B, Pedro Tarroso, Johannes Els, Andrew Gardner, Pritpal Soorae, Ahmed Ali Mohammed, Sai Ravi Krishna Tubati, Mohamed Mustafa Eltayeb, Junid Nazeer Shah, Héctor Tejero-Cicuéndez, Marc Simó-Riudalbas, Juan Manuel Pleguezuelos, Daniel F 2019. An integrative assessment of the diversity, phylogeny, distribution, and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles (Sauropsida, Squamata) of the United Arab Emirates. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216273 - get paper here
  • Gardner, A.S. 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Oman and the UAE. Edition Chimaira, 480 pp.
  • Jongbloed, M. 2000. Field Guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the UAE - Wild about reptiles. Barkers Trident Communications, 116 pp.
  • Leviton,A.E. & Anderson,S.C. 1967. Survey of the reptiles of the Sheikdom of Abu Dhabi, Arabian Peninsula. Part II. Systematic account of the collction of reptiles made in the Sheikdom of Abu Daby by John Gasperetti. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 35: 157-192 - get paper here
  • Leviton,A.E.; Anderson,S.C.; Adler, K.; Minton,S.A. 1992. Handbook to Middle East Amphibians and Reptiles. SSAR, Oxford, Ohio (Contr. to Herpetol. No. 8), 1-252
  • 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 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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