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Acanthodactylus masirae ARNOLD, 1980

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Masira Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus masirae ARNOLD 1980: 303
Acanthodactylus masirae — VAN DER KOOIJ 2001
Acanthodactylus masirae — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionOman (Dhufar, Masira Island)

Type locality: North point, Masirah Island, Sultanate of Oman”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1975.1226 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small and slender species with relatively long hindlegs. Head rounded posteriorly with narrow pointed snout. Lanceolate concavity slightly conspicuous. Four large supraoculars. One row of granules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Smooth and granular temporal scales. Large ear opening slightly pectinate anteriorly. Pectinate eyelids with large scales covering lower lids. Four supralabials lying anterior to the subocular. Subocular bordering the orbit. Four series of scales on fingers. 10 straight longitudinal rows of ventrals. Flat, keeled dorsal scales larger than laterals and numbering from 29 to 33 across the midbody. Minimal pectination of toes with only a single keel on the subdigital lamellae (Salvador 1982: 42). 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Gardner, A.S. 2013. The amphibians and reptiles of Oman and the UAE. Edition Chimaira, 480 pp.
  • MEINIG, H. 1994. Beobachtungen an zwei nur wenig bekannten Fransenfingerarten im Südosten des Oman: Acanthodctylus masirae ARNOLD, 1980 und Acanthodctylus schmidti HAAS, 1957. Die Eidechse 5 (11): 24-29 - 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
  • Schlüter, U. 2008. Fransenfingereidechsen (Acanthodactylus) in der Natur und im Terrarium. Teil 3. Die Acanthodactylus-cantoris-Gruppe. Reptilia (Münster) 13 (70): 70-75 - 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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