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Asaccus barani TORKI, AHMADZADEH, ILGAZ, AVCI & KUMLUTAS, 2011

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAsaccus barani TORKI, AHMADZADEH, ILGAZ, AVCI & KUMLUTAS 2011
Asaccus elisae — DIXON & ANDERSON 1973
Asacus [sic] elisae — BARAN & GRUBER 1982
Asaccus elisae — ARNOLD & GARDNER 1994
Asaccus elisae — TOK et al. 1997
Asaccus elisae — FRANZEN et al. 2002)
Asaccus elisae — TOK et al. 2002
Asaccus elisae — BARAN et al. 2003
Asaccus elisae — TORKI et al. 2008 
DistributionTurkey (SE Anatolia)

Type locality: Harran, Sanlıurfa, Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey, 36°51′N, 39° 00′ E, 380-390 m elevation. Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZDEU 70/2001-1, an adult male collected on 31 April 200 by I. Baran, Y. Kum-lutas ̧, Ç. Ilgaz and A. Avcı. 
CommentDiagnosis. Medium size Asaccus (34-56 mm);the dorsal body is covered all over by tubercles; keeled trihedral dorsal tubercles are be-tween type a and b, simple and pointed tuber-cles are intermixed with keeled dorsal tubercles;dorsolateral tubercles are pointed or simple; tu-bercles present on occipital and especially neckshow considerable variation in size and type;several pointed or keeled tubercles are in frontof eyes; two small tubercles (one simple and onekeeled) are between ear-eye; several keeled orsimple tubercles are on the arm, some of themare similar to scales; elbow and knee scales aregenerally tubercular like (simple); forearm tu-bercles extend onto elbow in most the speci-mens; forearm tubercles also extend onto kneein some specimens; several keeled tubercles areon palm of hindlimbs, 1st, 2nd and 3rd digits;two large postmentals; interhindlimbs scales aresame size to ventrals but are mostly same shape to ventral of thigh; mental pentagonal; claves in from of the scansors [from TORKI et al. 2011].

Comparison. Asaccus barani sp. nov. is eas-ily distinguishable from other Asaccus as fol-lows. Scansors in A. barani sp. nov. do not ex-
tend beyond claws and tubercles are present on the arm; this is in contrast to A. gallagheri, A.platyrhynchus, A. caudivolvulus (Khasab popu-lation), A. kurdistanensis, A. kermanshahensis,A. nasrullahi, A. granularis, A. andersoni, A.griseonotus and A. saffinae (e.g., Arnold andGardner, 1994; Torki et al., 2008; Afrasiab andMohamad, 2009; Torki, 2009, in press). Kneeand especially elbow scales are globular andsome tubercles present on elbow in A. barani sp.nov. This is in contrast to A. elisae, A. zagrosi-cus, A. iranicus, A. tangestanensis (partly), A.kurdistanensis, A. kermanshahensis, A. nasrul-lahi, A. granularis, A. andersoni, A. griseono-tus, A. saffinae, A. gallagheri, A. platyrhynchusand A. caudivolvulus (e.g., Arnold and Gard-ner, 1994; Torki and Sharifi, 2007; Torki et al.,2008, in press; Afrasiab and Mohamad, 2009;Torki, 2009, in press). A. barani sp. nov. showsdifference with A. caudivolvulus (Jebel popula-tion) by having claws beyond the scansors. A.barani sp. nov. has maximum variation in tu-bercles present on dorsal side in terms of sizeand shape, this is in contrast to A. elisae, A.montanus and other new Asaccus (A. zagrosi-cus, A. iranicus, and A. tangestanensis) (Arnoldand Gardner, 1994; Gardner, 1994). A. baranisp. nov. also differs from A. montanus by hav-ing a large body size (Gardner, 1994) [from TORKI et al. 2011]. 
Etymologynamed after Professor Ibrahim Baran of the University of Dokuz Eylül, Izmir, to acknowledge his prolific and uninterrupted contribution to the herpetology of Turkey. 
References
  • Torki, F.; Ahmadzadeh, F.; Ilgaz, C.; Avci, A. & Kumlutas, Y. 2011. Description of four new Asaccus Dixon and Anderson, 1973 (Reptilia: Phyllodactylidae) from Iran and Turkey. Amphibia-Reptilia 32 (2): 185-202 - get paper here
 
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