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Asaccus nasrullahi WERNER, 2006

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Nasrullah’s leaf-toed gecko 
SynonymAsaccus nasrullahi WERNER 2006
Asaccus nasrullahi — PAPENFUSS et al. 2010
Asaccus nasrullahi — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionSW Iran (Lorestan)

Type locality: Shah
Bazan, 12 km NNE of (km 347 on the railway), near the small affluent Ab-I-Khornos, 600 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ZMUC R 3447, female. Apparently collected by E.
Kaiser of the Danish Scientific Investigations in Iran (Schmidt, 1955). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Asaccus nasrullahi is a relatively large gecko (70 mm from snout to vent ), scales across the preorbital and supraorbital region coarse; tubercles on the dorsum small, circular, conical, in 7-8 longitudinal rows, no tubercle on the head, occiput and upper forelimb regions; subtibial scales enlarged, keeled; digital scansors extend beyond claws; dorsum with pattern of irregular, broad, dark cross-bands; rostral scale 2.5 time as wide as high, entire, slightly biconcave above to accommodate the two internasals, broadly meeting behind the rostral (Werner, 2006). 
CommentThis species has been previously misidentified as Ptyodactylus hasselquisti (WERNER, cited in RASTEGAR-PUYANI 2006).

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after “Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, in recognition of his contribution to the knowledge of the herpetology of Iran, including the genus Asaccus. Moreover, "nasrullah" means "victory of God" which concept seems appropriate for the survival, discovery and rediscovery of this gecko species” [from WERNER 2006]. 
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  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • 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
  • Nazari-Serenjeh, Farzaneh and Farhang Torki 2008. Additional specimens of the gecko Asaccus nasrullahi Werner, 2006 (Reptilia: Phyllodactylidae), with notes on taxonomy and ecology. Zoology in the Middle East 44: 57-66 - get paper here
  • 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, Nasrullah 2006. Systematics of the genus Asaccus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) on the Zagros Mountains, Iran. Herpetologica Bonnensis II: 117-119 - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
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  • Tamar, Karin; Pelagia Mitsi; Salvador Carranza 2018. Cryptic diversity revealed in the leaf‐toed gecko Asaccus montanus (Squamata, Phyllodactylidae) from the Hajar Mountains of Arabia. J Zool Syst Evol Res. 2018 ;00:1–14 - get paper here
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  • 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
  • Torki, Farhang; Nasrin Heidari, Muhammad Sharif Khan 2010. A Morphological and Ecological Study of Asaccus nasrullahi Werner, 2006 (Reptilia: Phyllodactylidae), in Western Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (3): 195-201 - get paper here
  • Werner, Y. L. 2006. Retraction of Ptyodactylus Goldfuss from the fauna of Iran and its replacement by a new species of Asaccus Dixon & Anderson (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Hamadryad 30: 135-140. - get paper here
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