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Acanthodactylus schreiberi BOULENGER, 1878

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Schreiber's Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus Savignyi var. Schreiberii BOULENGER 1878
Acanthodactylus Schreiberi — BOULENGER 1887: 344
Acanthodactylus schreiberi — HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus schreiberi schreiberi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Acanthodactylus schreiberi ataturi YALÇINKAYA & GÖÇMEN 2012
Acanthodactylus schreiberi — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020 
DistributionCyprus, Turkey

ataturi: Turkey (Anatolia); Type locality: Botaş-Adana, Turkey, 4 m elevation. May have been introduced from Cyprus (Tamar et al. 2014).  
TypesHolotype: IRSNB ? (probably in Brussels Museum fide Salvador 1982).
Lectotype: SMF 13633 [syriacus] 
CommentSynonymy: TAMAR et al. 2014 synonymized syriacus with asper and ataturi with schreiberi.

Distribution: A. s. syriacus does NOT occur in Syria. This name was given when ‘Syria’ included also parts of the modern states of Israel and Lebanon (Martens 1997). Tamar et al. 2014 conclude that A. schreiberi is restricted to Cyprus and Turkey, reduced to a single form, and that the populations in Lebanon and Israel belong to A. b. asper. Reports of A. schreiberi from Jarmo, Iraq (REED & MARX 1959) were interpreted as being A. boskianus by SALVADOR 1982.

Phylogenetics: A. schreiberi nested within A. b. asper, and the subspecies A. schreiberi syriacus nested within a distinct lineage of A. b. asper (Tamar et al. 2014) 
EtymologyNamed after Egid Schreiber (1836-1913), Austrian-born zoologist. A. s ataturi is derived from the surname of Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kutsay Atatür, who had contributed extensively to the herpetological knowledge of Turkey. 
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