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Acanthodactylus haasi LEVITON & ANDERSON, 1967

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Haas' Fringe-fingered Lizard, Haas’s Fringe-toed Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus haasi LEVITON & ANDERSON 1967: 177
Acanthodactylus fraseri HAAS 1957: 72 (in error)
Acanthodactylus haasi — VAN DER KOOIJ 2001
Acanthodactylus haasi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionN/E Saudi Arabia, C Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Type locality: Dhahran (Az Zahran), Saudi Arabia”  
TypesHolotype: CAS 84596 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Moderately pointed snout not swollen at the nasal region. Two supraoculars corresponding to the second and the third. First and fourth divided. One or two rows ofgranules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Five supralabials anterior to the subocular. Subocular not in contact with the lip and wedged among the fourth, fifth, and sixth supralabial. Moderately conspicuous subocular keel. Two supratemporals, the anterior one larger. Granular temporals, the upper ones keeled while the lower ones larger and smooth. Moderately visible ear opening, pectinate anteriorly by two or three scales. Intensely imbricate gulars. Small, weakly keeled dorsals numbering 44 across the midbody. Ventrals arranged in 12 straight longitudinal rows. Fingers with four series of scales. Strong pectination of the toes with seven keels on each subdigital lamella (Salvador 1982: 140).

Original diagnosis: Leviton & Anderson 1967: 177

Description of holotype: Leviton & Anderson 1967: 177 
CommentDistribution: See map in Burriel-Carranza et al. 2019 for map in UAE. 
EtymologyNamed after Georg Haas (1905-1981), Austrian-born zoologist and professor in Jerusalem, Israel. See Gans 1983 for an obituary. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gans, C. 1983. Georg Haas. 1905-1981 American Zoologist 23 (2): 343-346 - get paper here
  • Gardner, A.S. 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Oman and the UAE. Edition Chimaira, 480 pp.
  • Haas, Georg 1957. Some amphibians and reptiles from Arabia. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 29 (3): 47-86 - get paper here
  • 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 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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