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Asaccus montanus GARDNER, 1994

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMountain Leaf-toed Gecko 
SynonymAsaccus montanus GARDNER 1994
Asaccus montanus — RÖSLER 2000: 60
Asaccus montanus — GROSSMANN et al. 2013 
DistributionOman (Saiq Plateau, Jebel Akhdar; Bani Habib; Wadi Duwaykhilah, Hayl Juwari)

Type locality: 23° 04' N, 57° 46' E, about 1900 m elevation, Saiq Plateau, Jebel Akhdar, Sultanate of Oman. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1992.157, adult male
Paratypes. BMNH 1992.158 and BMNH 1992.159, adult male and adult female, respectively. Collection data as for the type. BMNH 1992.160 adult female, Bani Habib, 23°04'N, 57°36'E,Saiq Plateau, 1800 m on 12 September 1991. BMNH 1992.161, female, Wadi Duway- khilah, 23°04'N, 57°43'E, Saiq plateau, 1900 m on 12 September 1991. 
CommentDiagnosis: (1) Small (up to about 40 mm from snout to vent); (2) scales across supraorbital region coarse, as are those on snout (9-11 between postnasal scale and orbit, 12-14 across snout at level of third upper labials); (3) large dorsal tubercles present on back (14 longitudinal rows at mid-body), (4) on occiput, (5) on upper fore limb, and elsewhere; (6) sub tibial scales coarse; (7) digital scansors not extending well beyond claws; (8) phalanges in fourth toe reduced to four; (9) cloacal tubercle small; (10) tail tip laterally compressed and strongly expanded vertically; (11) a single transverse row of dorsal tubercles at the posterior edge of each tail segment; (12) subcaudal series of expanded scales not reaching vent area anteriorly; (13) dorsum without a pattern of narrow dark transverse bars in alcohol; (14) tail colour not sexually dimorphic, with a series of dark transverse bars that (15) extend ventrally. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “montanus”, meaning “pertaining to mountains. 
References
  • 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
  • Cox, N.A., Mallon, D., Bowles, P., Els, J. and Tognelli, M.F. (compilers). 2012. the Conservation Status and Distribution of Reptiles of the Arabian Peninsula. Cambridge, UK and Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, and Sharjah, UAE: Environment and Protected Areas Authority; ISBN 978-2-8317-1560-5 - get paper here
  • Gardner, A S. 1994. A new species of Asaccus (Gekkonidae) from the mountains of northern Oman. Journal of Herpetology 28 (2): 141-145. - get paper here
  • Grossmann, Wolfgang; Bernd-Michael Zwanzig, Thomas Kowalski & Hans-Jürgen Zilger 2013. Weitere ergänzende herpetologische Beobachtungen auf dem Saiq-Plateau und im Jebel al-Akhdar, Sultanat Oman. Sauria 35 (3): 23–31 - 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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