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Hemidactylus kurdicus SAFAEI-MAHROO, GHAFFARI, GHAFOOR & AMINI, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus kurdicus SAFAEI-MAHROO, GHAFFARI, GHAFOOR & AMINI 2017 
DistributionNE Iraq (Sulaimani Province: Qara Dagh Mountain)

Type locality: Qara-Dagh Mountains (35°14.057’ N, 45°22.871’ E, elevation 1139 m), south west of Qara Dagh village, Sulaimani Province, Northeastern Iraq  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: CAS 262258 (MorphoBank M452298-M452302), collected by Barbod Safaei-Mahroo on 05 September 2016 at 20h45.
Paratypes: CAS 262259, MorphoBank M452303-M452307) and (CAS 262260, MorphoBank M452308-M452312), were collected by Barbod Safaei-Mahroo on 05 and 06 September 2016 from 23h30 to 01h00 in the Qara-Dagh Mountains (35°14.588’ N, 45°22.644’ E, elevation 1293 m), south west of Qara Dagh village, Sulaimani Province, Northeastern Iraq. 
CommentHabitat: oak woodlands covered with grass, hiding inside cracks in the ground or moving among boulders. 
EtymologyThe generic nomen kurdicus is derived from the word “Kurd” which refers to the name for the Kurdish nation (Kurdistan Region), the location where the new species was found. 
References
  • SAFAEI-MAHROO, BARBOD; HANYEH GHAFFARI, ARAM GHAFOOR & SAYWAN AMINI 2017. A new species of Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkota: Gekkonidae) from Qara Dagh Mountains, Kurdistan Region, with a key to the genus in Iraq Zootaxa 4363 (3): 377–392 - get paper here
 
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