Asaccus gardneri CARRANZA, SIMÓ-RIUDALBAS, JAYASINGHE, WILMS & ELS, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Asaccus gardneri?
|Higher Taxa||Phyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Gardners’ Leaf-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Asaccus gardneri CARRANZA, SIMÓ-RIUDALBAS, JAYASINGHE, WILMS & ELS 2016|
Asaccus caudivolvulus — ARNOLD & GARDNER 1994: 426, 431 (part.)
Asaccus caudivolvulus — VAN DER KOOIJ 2000: 107 (part.)
Asaccus caudivolvulus — SINDACO & JEREMCENKO 2008: 98 (part.)
Asaccus caudivolvulus — PAPENFUSS et al. 2010: 586 (part)
Asaccus caudivolvulus — TORKI et al., 2011: 1 (part)
Asaccus caudivolvulus — GARDNER 2013: 91 (part.)
|Distribution||Oman (Musandam Peninsula), United Arab Emirates|
Type locality: Musandam Peninsula (Oman), 26.14934° N 56.16193° E, WGS84, elevation 16 m elevation
|Types||Holotype. BMNH 2008.1000, adult male, collected by S. Carranza, M. Metallinou, Ali Alghafri, Sultan Khalifa and Hamed Al Furkani on the 21st of April 2013 between 23:15– 23:45, tissue code CN3905.|
Paratypes. BMNH2008.999 and ONHM4221, two adult females, from Musandam Peninsula (Oman), 26.21208N 56.23555E WGS84, elevation 17 m a.s.l., collected by S. Carranza, M. Metallinou, Ali Alghafri, Sultan Khalifa and Hamed Al Furkani on the 21st of April 2013 between 21:10–21:40, tissue codes CN5771 and CN2755, respectively; IBECN751, adult male, and IBECN844, adult female both from Musandam Peninsula (Oman), 26.22759N 56.21372E WGS84, elevation 5 m a.s.l., collected by S. Carranza, M. Metallinou, Ali Alghafri, Sultan Khalifa and Hamed Al Furkani on the 21st of April 2013 between 22:10–22:40, tissue codes CN751 and CN844, respectively; IBECN10423, IBECN10424 and IBECN10425, three adult females and IBECN10426 and IBECN10427, two adult males, all from Wadi Beh (Oman), 25,746417N 56,278278E WGS84, elevation 280 m a.s.l., collected by J. Els, S. Jayasinghe and T. Wilms on the 13th of February 2012 between 20:00–21:00, tissue codes, TW1020, TW1023, TW1036, TW1021 and TW1022, respectively; IBECN10428, adult female, from Ras al-Kaimah (UAE), 25,613917N 56,029556E WGS84, elevation 200 m a.s.l., collected by J. Els, S. Jayasinghe and T. Wilms on the 14th of February 2012 between 21:00–23:00, tissue code TW1028; BMNH1976.1414-15 and BMNH1976.1419, three adult females and BMNH1975.1416-1418, three adult males, all from Khasab (Oman), elevation 8 m a.s.l., collected by M. D. Gallagher on the 5th of November 1975.
|Comment||Habitat: rocky sides of wadis, stony substrates, lower down on large boulders, and hiding in the caves.|
Behavior: Strictly nocturnal, all specimens were captured during the night and avoided the beam of the flashlight, running into crevices and holes and fleeing across boulders with incredible agility and ease.
Abundance: The lizards can be very common in some areas.
|Etymology||The species epithet ‘‘gardneri’’ is a genitive Latin noun to honor the British herpetologist Dr. Andrew S. Gardner for his life-long dedication and contribution to Arabian herpetology. He was the first to highlight, together with E. N. Arnold, the distinctiveness of Asaccus gardneri sp. nov. (Asaccus caudivolvulus Khasab population sensu Arnold & Gardner, 1994).|
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