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Cyrtopodion golubevi NAZAROV, ANANJEVA & RAJABIZADEH, 2010

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtopodion golubevi NAZAROV, ANANJEVA & RAJABIZADEH 2010
Cyrtopodion golubevi — NAZAROV et al. 2011
Cyrtopodion golubevi — BAUER et al. 2013 
DistributionSE Iran (Sistan, Baluchestan Province)

Type locality: Iran, Sistan-Balu- chestan Province, 100 km NW from Iranshehr, near Bazman. 27°52’ N 60°06’ E, 1060 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZMMU R-12624 — coll. Roman A. Nazarov May 04, 2005; Paratypes: ZISP 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Snout-vent 43.3 – 59 mm, tail 53 – 79 mm; snout blunt-pointed, very big eyes; rounded smooth dorsal tubercles forming 10 longitudinal rows at midbody, 23 – 26 tubercles in the row (from occiput to the middle of sacrum); tail with segments, that were formed by semi-rings of enlarged weakly keeled round- ish tubercles, subcaudal plates in single median series, wider than height, not bifurcate in the tip of non-regen- erated tail; 22 – 30 abdominal scales across middle of belly, 115 – 141 midventral scales along belly. Males have 3 – 6 (usually 4) highly pronounced preanal pores in a regular row on enlarged scales. 8 – 11 infralabial scales, 12 – 14 supralabial. Mental plate is large, three pairs of submentals scales, first pair in broad contact. Nasal shields noticeably swollen (Fig. 5). Limbs and tail are very thin and attenuate. There are 6 – 8 transverse dark narrow bands on the dorsum, interspaces between which bigger to the width of bands; tip of tail light or white, without transverse bends. 
CommentSimilar to Cyrtopodion agamuroides.

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr Michael Leonidovich Golubev (1947-2005), a Russian herpetologist who emigrated from Russia in the 1990s to work at the University of California, Davis and subsequently in Seattle. He co-wrote Gecko Fauna of the USSR and Contiguous Regions (1996). 
  • AHMADZADEH, FARAHAM; MORRIS FLECKS, FARHANG TORKI & WOLFGANG BÖHME 2011. A new species of angular-toed gecko, genus Cyrtopodion (Squamata: Gekkoni- dae), from southern Iran. Zootaxa 2924: 22–32 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • 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
  • Nazarov, Roman; Natalia Ananjeva, and Mehdi Radjabizadeh 2010. Two New Species of Angular-Toed Geckoes (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from South Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 16 (4): 311-324 [2009] - get paper here
  • 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 - 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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