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Asaccus caudivolvulus ARNOLD & GARDNER, 1994

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesEnglish: Emirati Leaf-toed Gecko, Musandam Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymAsaccus caudivolvulus ARNOLD & GARDNER 1994: 431
Asaccus caudivolvulus — RÖSLER 2000: 60
Asaccus caudivolvulus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionOman (Musandam, Khasab, Bukhah, 20-30km N Dibba); United Arab Emirates (Tayyibah, Uyaynah, Khawr Fakkan)

Type locality: Jebel Ra’s, 2.5 km S of Khawr Fakkan, United Arab Emirates Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: BMNH 1973.1850, male; paratypes: BMNH 
CommentDiagnosis. A species of Asaccus endemic to the United Arab Emirates characterized by the combination of the following characters: (1) medium size (up to 63.2 mm from snout to vent); (2) fine scales across supraorbital region; (3) relatively large limbs; (4) two pairs of postmentals, first in contact; (5) keeled trihedral moderate-sized dorsal tubercles present on back (14–16 longitudinal rows at mid-body); (6) small pointed tubercles on occiput, neck and sides of head; (7) keeled tubercles present on forearms and hind limbs; (8) small tubercles present on upper arms (Fig. 4B); (9) paired terminal scansors on digits extending well beyond claws; (10) cloacal tubercles small; (11) subcaudal series of expanded scales reaching vent area anteriorly, (12) tail tip laterally compressed and vertically expanded (Fig. 4B); (13) dorsum with a pattern of approximately 5 orange-brown transverse bars (one on neck, three on body and one on sacrum; Fig. 4B); (14) tail colour not sexually dimorphic; (15) adults with whitish-ivory tails (whiter distally) with 4-5 wide orange-dark transverse bands (last 2–3 crossbands black and extending ventrally) (Fig. 4B); (16) tail can be coiled and waved (Carranza et al. 2016). 
  • Arnold E N; Gardner A S 1994. A review of the middle eastern leaf-toed geckoes (Gekkonidae: Asaccus) with descriptions of two new species from Oman. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 14: 424-441 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, Wolfgang; Thomas Kowalski & Hans-Jürgen Zilger 2012. Überraschendes Arabien 2.0. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (1): 40-45
  • Jongbloed, M. 2000. Field Guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the UAE - Wild about reptiles. Barkers Trident Communications, 116 pp.
  • PAPENFUSS, THEODORE J.; TODD R. JACKMAN, AARON M. BAUER, BRYAN L. STUART, MICHAEL D. ROBINSON, and JAMES F. PARHAM 2010. Phylogenetic Relationships Among Species of Southwest Asian Leaf-toed Geckos (Asaccus). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 61 (13): 587-596 - get paper here
  • Parsa, H.; H. Oraie; A. Khosravani; N. Rastegar Pouyani 2009. Systematics and Distribution of the Iranian Plateau Leaf-toed Geckos of the Genus Asaccus (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 5 (2) - get paper here
  • Rastegar-Pouyani, N., Nilson, G. & Faizi, H. 2006. A new Species of Asaccus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Kurdistan Province, western Iran. Hamadryad 30: 141-150. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • van der Kooij, Jeroen 2001. The herpetofauna of the Sultanate of Oman: Part 2: the geckoes. Podarcis 1 (4): 105-120
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