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Asaccus granularis TORKI, 2010

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymAsaccus granularis TORKI 2010
Asaccus nasrullahi — NAZARI-SERENJE & TORKI 2008
Asaccus granularis — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionIran (Lorestan)

Type locality: “5 km nordwestlich der Stadt Poledokhtar: Dorf Khers-Dar: Berg Malekoh, 29° 50’ N, 59° 53’ O, 1100-1800 m” [elevation]  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 75010, adult female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The following character states are of diagnostic im- portance for the differentiation of Asaccus granularis sp. n. vis-à-vis the other Iranian species of Asaccus: relatively large SVL (max. 70.2 mm); moderately long tail (TL:SVL appr. 1:1); head flattened (HW/ HL 0.63); limbs long (HL/SVL 0.60); no tubercles on head or neck; few or no tubercles in the shoul- der region; dorsal tubercles conical and very pointed dorsolaterally and in the surroundings of the limbs in particular; 2 or 3 pairs of postmentals, the first pair in broad contact behind the mental (Fig. 7); dorsum covered with granular scales and tubercles; the size of the granular dorsal scales corresponds to 1/4 of the dorsal tubercles; granular scales on the head relatively large; 12–16 irregular rows of dorsal tubercles; ventral sides of the fore limbs covered with granular scales; large dark spots on the dorsum, some of which may suggest crossbars; limbs with distinct bands on the dorsal faces; no indications of shadow-like crossbars on the dorsum. 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
Etymologynamed after the granular scales that cover the whole back of the species. 
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • NASRABADI, REZA; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, AHMAD GHARZI 2017. A revised key to the lizards of Iran (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertilia). Zootaxa 4227 (3): 431–443 - get paper here
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
  • TORKI, F. 2010. Beschreibung eines neuen Asaccus (Reptilia: Phyllodactylidae) aus der Provinz Lorestan, Iran. Sauria 32 (4): 3-16 - get paper here
  • Torki, F. 2011. Beschreibung eines neuen Asaccus (Sauria: Phyllodactylidae) aus dem Iran. Sauria 33 (1): 51–62 - 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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