Cyrtopodion baigii MASROOR, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtopodion baigii?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtopodion baigii MASROOR 2008|
Cyrtopodion baigii — NAZAROV et al. 2011
Cyrtopodion baigii — RÖSLER 2016: 6
|Distribution||N Pakistan (Chilas area in the Chilas Arc Complex)|
Type locality: rocky foothills of the Khanbari Valley, Diamer Basha Dam Reservoir, Chilas, Astor District, Northern Areas, Karakoram Range, Pakistan (35º33'57''N, 73º50'29''E), at an elevation of 1181m.
|Types||Holotype: PMNH 1965, adult male, collected just before sunset by Khalid Javed Baig on 6 July 2007. Paratypes: PMNH 1966, 1967 and 1968 were collected from rocky foothills of the Kiner Valley, Diamer Basha Dam Reservoir, Chilas, Chilas, Astor District, Northern Areas, Karakoram Range, Pakistan (36º 27'32''N, 74º25'37''E), at an elevation of 1175m (Table 1) by Khalid Javed Baig on 8 July 2007.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Medium sized geckos; tail longer than body; 16–18 interorbital scales; body dorsum with prominent, moderate sized, trihedral tubercles, not in contact with each other, arranged in 10 longitudinal rows, 28 paravertebral rows extending from immediately behind occiput to level of vent; 30–32 rows of ventral scales across midbody; 125–132 scales along ventral midline of body; males with two preanal pores, femoral pores absent; tail clearly segmented, each segment dorsally with three rows of small, heterogeneous subtrihedral scales anteriorly, becoming trihedral posteriorly.|
Color: Dorsum light gray in life with dark brown speckling arranged in 9 distinct M-shaped cross bands; small dark spots on the head and transverse bands on the limbs; tail with 10 dark brown bands on dorsum. Body venter and undersides of head and limbs white to off white, with scattered pigment extending from dorsum onto lateralmost scales.
|Etymology||The species epithet is a patronym honoring the late Dr. Khalid Javed Baig (1956-2006) for his contributions to the knowledge of the herpetofauna of Pakistan. BAig, together with his wife and mother, passed away in a car accident in 2006.|