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Acanthodactylus yemenicus SALVADOR, 1982

IUCN Red List - Acanthodactylus yemenicus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Yemen Fringe-fingered Lizard 
SynonymAcanthodactylus yemenicus SALVADOR 1982
Acanthodactylus yemenicus— HARRIS & ARNOLD 2000
Acanthodactylus yemenicus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 

Type locality: Ta’izz, Yemen  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 66510 (HH Field Series No. 4894) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Short snout. Four entire supraoculars. One row ofgranules between the supraoculars and the superciliaries. Lightly keeled temporals. Large ear opening slightly denticulated anteriorly by 4 or 5 scales. Moderately pectinate eyelid. Medium-sized scales on the lower lid. Sharply keeled tympanic scale present. Subocular separated from the lip and lodged between the fourth and fifth supralabial. Distinguishable gular fold. Ventrals arranged in 10 straight longitudinal rows. Small flat dorsals lightly keeled and numbering 34 to 57 across the middle of the body. Toes with scant pectination. Three rows of scales on fingers. Large and distinctly keeled scales on the upper side of the tail (Salvador 1982: 54). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Salvador, A 1982. A revision of the lizards of the genus Acanthodactylus (Sauria: Lacertidae). Bonner Zool. Monogr. (16): 1-167 - get paper here
  • Schätti, B. & Gasperetti, J. 1994. A contribution to the herpetofauna of Southwest Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 14: 348-423
  • 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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