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Hemidactylus asirensis ŠMÍD, SHOBRAK, WILMS, JOGER & CARRANZA, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus asirensis ŠMÍD, SHOBRAK, WILMS, JOGER & CARRANZA 2016
Hemidactylus yerburii — ARNOLD 1980
Hemidactylus yerburii — ARNOLD 1986
Hemidactylus yerburii — CARRANZA & ARNOLD 2006
Hemidactylus yerburii — CARRANZA & ARNOLD 2012 
DistributionSaudi Arabia (Asir Province)

Type locality: Saudi Arabia, Asir Province, Al Balhy (18.075° N, 43.083° E), 2376 m elevation  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype. NMP 75271 (sample code HSA44, Fig. 5), adult male, May 24, 2012, collected by S. Carranza, M. Shobrak, and T. Wilms, MorphoBank M389997–M390014.
Paratypes. NMP 75272 (sample code HSA12, MorphoBank M390048–M390066), adult male, Saudi Arabia, Asir Province, 5 km N of Wadi Shora (19.836° N, 41.776° E, 1750 m a.s.l.), May 22, 2012; IBES 10044 (sample code HSA2, MorphoBank M390067–M390077), adult male, Saudi Arabia, Makkah Province, 20 km NE of Al Sir (21.259° N, 40.796° E, 1594 m a.s.l.), May 22, 2012; IBES 10011 (HSA4, MorphoBank M390102–M390120, adult female), IBES 10341 (HSA7, MorphoBank M389944–M389962, adult female), IBES 10386 (HSA8, MorphoBank M389919– M389929, adult female), IBES 10330 (HSA6, MorphoBank M389978–M389995, adult male), Saudi Arabia, Makkah Province, 10 km S of Al Sir (21.115° N, 40.599° E, 1696 m a.s.l.), May 21, 2012; IBES 10221 (sample code HSA52, MorphoBank M390031–M390047), adult female, Saudi Arabia, Makkah Province, 7 km S of Ghazaial (20.928° N, 41.123° E, 1453 m a.s.l.), May 25, 2012; IBES 10378 (sample code HSA53, MorphoBank M389930–M389943), adult fe- male, Saudi Arabia, Makkah Province, Taif (21.338° N, 40.422° E, 1616 m a.s.l.), May 27, 2012. All paratypes have the same collectors as the holotype. 
CommentDistribution: see map in ŠMÍD et al. 2016: Fig. 3. 
EtymologyThe species epithet “asirensis” is an adjective which refers to the mountain range where the species is distributed, the Asir Mountains of Saudi Arabia. 
References
  • Arnold E N 1986. A key and annotated checklist to the lizards and amphisbaenians of Arabia. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 8: 385-435
  • Arnold, E. N. 1980. The reptiles and amphibians of Dhofar, southern Arabia. Journal of Oman Studies, Special Report, 2: 273–332
  • Carranza, S. and E.N. Arnold 2006. Systematics, biogeography, and evolution of Hemidactylus geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) elucidated using mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38 (2): 531-545 - get paper here
  • Carranza, S., Arnold, E. Nicholas 2012. A review of the geckos of the genus Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Oman based on morphology, mitochondrial and nuclear data, with descriptions of eight new species. Zootaxa 3378: 1–95 - get paper here
  • Šmíd, Jiří; Mohammed Shobrak; Thomas Wilms; Ulrich Joger & Salvador Carranza 2016. Endemic diversification in the mountains: genetic, morphological, and geographical differentiation of the Hemidactylus geckos in southwestern Arabia. Org Divers Evol, DOI 10.1007/s13127-016-0293-3 - get paper here
 
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