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Cyrtopodion belaense NAZAROV, ANANJEVA & PAPENFUSS, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtopodion belaense NAZAROV, ANANJEVA & PAPENFUSS 2011 
DistributionS Pakistan (Balochistan)

Type locality: Pakistan, Balochistan Province, 8.5 km W (by Turbat road), Bela, Las Bela District, 26°11.23’ N 66°12.24’ E; elevation 130 m.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MVZ 248428, 14 October 2003, coll. Theodore J. Papenfuss (Fig. 1). Paratype. MVZ 248427; MVZ 248429; MVZ 248430 with the same data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small size geckos, snout-vent SVL 39.3 – 40.5 mm, tail length Lcd 52 – 54 mm; large strongly keeled trihedral dorsum tubercles forming 12 –13 longitudinal rows at midbody, 22 – 26 tubercles from occiput to the middle of sacrum; tail with pronounced segments, that were formed by semi-rings of large greatly keeled oblong tubercles, subcaudal plates in single me- dian series, which wider than its height, on the tip of non-regenerated tail the subcaudal scales are bifid; 22 ab- dominal scales across middle of belly, 98 – 103 midventral scales along trunk. Males have 9 highly pro- nounced preanal pores, situated within the scales of the same size as surrounding. Preanal pores formed row with obtuse angle. 8 – 9 infralabial scales, 10 – 12 supralabial. Mental plate large; 3 – 4 pairs postmentals scales, first pair in broad contact. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThis species is named after very famous place where geckos were collected from, near Bela town (this name was introduced by Kurt Auffenberg). 
  • BAUER, AARON M.; RAFAQAT MASROOR, JAMES TITUS-MCQUILLAN, MATTHEW P. HEINICKE,, JUAN D. DAZA & TODD R. JACKMAN 2013. A preliminary phylogeny of the Palearctic naked-toed geckos (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) with taxonomic implications. Zootaxa 3599 (4): 301–324 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Nazarov, Roman A., Natalia B. Ananjeva and J. Theodore Papenfuss. 2011. A new species of thin-toes geckos Cyrtopodion sensu lato (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Balochistan Province, South Pakistan. Russ. J. Herpetol. 18 (2): 130-137
  • Nazarov, Roman A.;Dmitry А. Bondarenko, Mehdi Radjabizadeh 2012. A New Species of Thin-Toed Geckos Cyrtopodion sensu lato (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Hormozgan Province, South Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (4): 292-298 - 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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