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Acanthodactylus tilburyi ARNOLD, 1986

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Tilbury's Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus tilburyi ARNOLD 1986
Acanthodactylus tilburyi — HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus tilburyi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionSaudi Arabia (Riyadh-region), S Jordan

Type locality: Nafud as Sirr [26°11 'N, 44°19'E], near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1985.1273; paratypes: BMNH 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A relatively small and slender species with a fairly pointed snout; supraocular scales more or less intact; subocular separated from lip; 5 upper labial scales anterior to center of eye; ear opening not restricted dorsally; dorsal scales keeled and somewhat imbricate, 41-57 at midbody, 18-24 between hind limbs; ventral scales tessellated, 15-19 in longest row across belly; 4 series of scales around fIngers, subdigital lamellae with single well-developed keel and indications of others towards tips of fingers; digits strongly pectinate; dorsum dappled, dark dorsolateral stripe present, often with paler one above and below it; adults less contrastingly colored than juveniles; young and some females with red pigmented tail. (Arnold, 1986: 378, Leviton et al. 1992: 56) 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Colin R. Tilbury, herpetologist, zoologist, and molecular biologist in the Department of Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. 
  • Arnold E N 1986. A new spiny-footed lizard (Acanthodactylus: Lacertidae) from Saudi Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 8: 378-384 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Disi, A.M.; Modry, D.; Necas, P. & Rifai, L. 2001. Amphibians and reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 408 pp.
  • 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
  • Modry D., Al-Oran R.M., Amr Z.S., Necas P. 1999. A new record of the Tilburyís spiny-footed lizard, Acanthodactylus tilburyi Arnold, 1986 (Reptilia: Lacertidae), from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Journal of the National Museum (Prague), Natural History Series 168 (1-4): 121-124
  • Pola, L., Hejduk, V., Winkelhöfer, T., Zíka, A., Baker, M. A. A., & Amr, Z. S. 2020. Recent Observations on Amphibians and Reptiles in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan Journal of Natural History, 7: 11-29 - 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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