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Hemidactylus saba BUSAIS & JOGER, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus saba BUSAIS & JOGER 2011 

Type locality: Al-Abr, Mareb, 14° 54′ N, 45° 30′ E, Yemen  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: NHM-BS N41912, adult male. Collected by M. Al-Mansoob, 09.02.2008. Paratypes. NHM-BS N41913 from Al-Abr - N41914 from Al- Mojamma, ZFMK 91985 from Wadi Al-Jufair. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: see Hemidactylus shihraensis.
CommentDistribution: see map in ŠMÍD et al. 2016: Fig. 3. 
EtymologyThe specific name of H. saba sp. nov. refers to the area of the Sheba civilization where the new species is located in Mareb Governorate. 
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Busais, Salem & Ulrich Joger 2011. Three new species and one new subspecies of Hemidactylus OKEN, 1817 from Yemen (Squamata, Gekkonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 61 (2): 267 – 280 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Šmíd J, Moravec J, Kratochvíl L, Gvoždík V, Nasher AK, Busais SM, Wilms T, Shobrak MY, Carranza S 2013. Two newly recognized species of Hemidactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from the Arabian Peninsula and Sinai, Egypt. ZooKeys 355: 79–107 - get paper here
  • Šmíd, Jiří; Marek Uvizl, Mohammed Shobrak, Salem Busais, Al Faqih Ali Salim, Raed Hamoud M. AlGethami, Abdulaziz Raqi AlGethami, Abdulkarim Saleh K. Alanazi, Saad Dasman Alsubaie, Michail Rovatsos, Lucie Nováková, Tomáš Mazuch & Salvador Carranza 2022. Diversification of Hemidactylus geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in coastal plains and islands of southwestern Arabia with descriptions and complete mitochondrial genomes of two endemic species to Saudi Arabia. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 1-23 - 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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