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Acanthodactylus ilgazi KURNAZ & ŞAHIN, 2021

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAcanthodactylus ilgazi KURNAZ & ŞAHIN 2021 
DistributionTurkey (Yazıhan, Malatya)

Type locality: Yazıhan, vicinity of Boztepe and Koşar villages, Malatya Province (Lat: 38° 41’ 32” N – Long: 38° 10’ 13” E and about 950 m a.s.l.) in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey.  
TypesHolotype: ZDEU 2/2020-1, Adult Female, collected 16 August 2020, by Muammer Kurnaz and Mehmet Kürşat Şahin.
Paratypes: ZDEU 2/2020-2, Adult Female and Juvenile (ZDEU 2/2020-3), 16 August 2020, by Muammer Kurnaz and Mehmet Kürşat Şahin. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Acanthodactylus ilgazi is medium sized (SVL: 73.60 – 77.40 mm; Total length 144.40 – 157.30 mm) and robust body. The head is relatively more convex in all specimens; parietals and supraoculars are moderately keeled; suboculars on both sides reach the mouth, four supralabials (rarely three) in anterior of suboculars; two supraocular plates on the head, 1st and 4th supraoculars fragmented. One or two rows of granules are present between supraoculars and supraciliaries; four unpectinated scales on the ear opening; medium sized circle of unkeeled temporals; suboculars keeled in upper side; 23–28 gularia between third inframaxillary and collars. The last 3–4 rows of gularia are as collars; generally, 10 longitudinal rows of ventral plates, and 28–31 ventral series in a longitudinal row along the belly between collar and preanal; 48–50 (mean 49) dorsal midbody scales, imbricated and not keeled. They are larger in the middle of the dorsum and are smaller towards the lateral sides; 19 – 23 femoral pores on the right side. The tail length is almost equal to SVL in all specimens. Four rows of scale series on the fingers (one smooth scale in upper side, two pectinated scales in lateral side and one scale with three carina underside); toes with three carinated scales on the subdigital lamellae; 21–22 pectinated lamellae beneath 4th toe (Kurnaz and Şahin, 2021). 
EtymologyThe name of the newly described taxon has been dedicated to Prof. Dr. Çetin Ilgaz honoring his long work on the herpetofauna biodiversity in Turkey. 
  • Kurnaz, Muammer, and Mehmet Kursat Şahin 2021. Contribution to the Taxonomic Knowledge of Acanthodactylus (Squamata, Lacertidae): Description of a New Lacertid Lizard Species from Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity - get paper here
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