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Asaccus zagrosicus TORKI, AHMADZADEH, ILGAZ, AVCI & KUMLUTAS, 2011

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymAsaccus zagrosicus TORKI, AHMADZADEH, ILGAZ, AVCI & KUMLUTAS 2011 
DistributionW Iran (central Zagros Mountains, Lorestan Province)

Type locality: western slope of central Zagros Mountains, Tang-e-Haft region, Khorramabad City, Lorestan Province, western Iran (33° 02′ N, 48° 39′ E, 647 m elevation) Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: FTHM 002651, adult male, collected by Farhang Torki on 24 August, 2008 
CommentDiagnosis. Medium size Asaccus (44-55 mm);tubercles are distributed in dorsal body, neck,occipital, limbs, and tail; dorsal tubercles aresmall, keeled, trihedral type b intermixed withpointed tubercles; 16-18 irregular rows at mid-trunk; neck tubercles are weakly keeled orpointed; occipital and upper head tubercles arepointed or simple; few simple tubercles be-tween interorbit; few large tubercles (simple orpointed) are in front of eyes; arm and fore-arm tubercles are pointed; thigh tubercles arepointed or keeled; arm tubercles have low den-sity; several simple or weakly keeled tubercleson the forearm; 8 tubercles form each whorlsof tail; scales on upper head are cobble-stoneshaped; scale weakly globular shape betweenthe eyes; two postmentals, secondary postmen-tals not in contact with lowerlabial (separatedfrom lower labials with 1-3 rows scales); smalland weakly overlapped chin scales; between inter hindlimbs scales have same shape and sizeto ventrals; mental trihedral; claves in front ofscansors [from TORKI et al. 2011].

Comparison. A. zagrosicus sp. nov. differs from other Asaccus as follows. Secondary post-mentals are not in contact with lowerlabials inall specimens (100% of specimens); this is incontrast to other Asaccus (Arnold and Gardner,1994; Gardner, 1994; Anderson, 1999; Torki etal., 2008; Afrasiab and Mohamad, 2009; Torki,2009, in press). Scansors in the A. zagrosicus sp.nov. do not extend beyond claws and tuberclesare present on the arm; this is in contrast to A.gallagheri, A. platyrhynchus, A. caudivolvulus(Khasab population), A. kurdistanensis, A. ker-manshahensis, A. nasrullahi, A. granularis, A.andersoni, A. griseonotus and A. saffinae (e.g.,Arnold and Gardner, 1994; Torki and Sharifi,2007; Torki et al., 2008; Afrasiab and Mo-hamad, 2009; Torki, 2009, in press; Torki, Fatinia and Rostami, in press). A. zagrosicus sp.nov. shows difference with A. caudivolvulus (Jebel population) by having claws beyond the scansors (Arnold and Gardner, 1994). A. za-grosicus sp. nov. (up to 40 mm) has larger bodysize than the A. montanus and A. gallagheri(less 40 mm) (Arnold and Gardner, 1994; Gardner, 1994) [from TORKI et al. 2011]. 
Etymologynamed after its type locality. 
  • 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
  • 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
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