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Hemidactylus ulii ŠMÍD, MORAVEC, KRATOCHVÍL, GVOžDÍK, NASHER, BUSAIS, WILMS, SHOBRAK, CARRANZA, 2013

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus ulii ŠMÍD, MORAVEC, KRATOCHVÍL, GVOžDÍK, NASHER, BUSAIS, WILMS, SHOBRAK, CARRANZA 2013
Hemidactylus turcicus – RÖSLER & WRNAIK 1998: 120 (part.).
Hemidactylus sp. ‘OTU7’ – BUSAIS & JOGER 2011a: 27
Hemidactylus sp. ‘OTU7’ – BUSAIS & JOGER 2011b: 268
Hemidactylus sp. ‘OTU7’ – CARRANZA & ARNOLD 2012: 95
Hemidactylus sp. 4 – MORAVEC et al. 2011: 25
Hemidactylus sp. 4 – ŠMÍD et al. 2013: 3 
DistributionSW Yemen

Type locality: Yemen, Ta’izz governorate, Al Hababi (13.333°N, 43.722°E), 463 m elevation. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: NMP6V 74833/2, adult male (MorphoBank M305892–M305902), collected by L. Kratochvíl, 28. X. 2007.
Paratypes. NMP6V 74833/1 (adult male, MorphoBank M305884–M305891), same collecting data as holotype; NMP6V 74831/1–2 (one adult and one subadult female, MorphoBank M305854–M305863, M305864–M305870), Yemen, Abyan governorate, Al Hadr (13.877°N, 45.8°E), 1151 m a.s.l., collected by L. Kratochvíl on 22. X. 2005; NMP6V 74832/1–2 (two subadult females, MorphoBank M305871– M305875, M305876–M305883), Yemen, Ta’izz governorate, ca. 3 km S of Najd an Nashamah by road (13.358°N, 43.957°E), 1182 m a.s.l., collected by L. Kratochvíl on 26. X. 2007; NMP6V 74834/1–2 (one adult and one subadult female, Morpho- Bank M305903–M305911), Yemen, Dhamar governorate, Wadi Zabid (14.147°N, 43.517°E), 292 m a.s.l., collected by L. Kratochvíl on 29. X. 2007; NHM-BS N41916 (juvenile, MorphoBank M305842–M305852), Yemen, Al Bayda’ governorate, Rad- man (14.1°N, 45.283°E), collected by W. Mustafa on 13. XI. 2007. 
CommentDistribution: see map in ŠMÍD et al. 2016: Fig. 3.

Sympatry: Bunopus spatalurus Anderson, 1901; Hemidactylus y. yerburii Anderson, 1895; Pristurus crucifer (Valenciennes, 1861); P. flavipunctatus Rüppell, 1835; P. rupestris Blanford, 1874; Ptyodactylus sp.; Tropiocolotes scorteccii Cherchi and Spano, 1963; Acanthodac- tylus sp.; Chamaeleo arabicus Matschie, 1893; Pseudotrapelus sinaitus (Heyden, 1827); Trapelus flavimaculatus Rüppell, 1835; and Pelomedusa subrufa (Bonnaterre, 1789). 
EtymologyThe species epithet “ulii” is a patronym for Prof. Ulrich Joger, a German herpetologist known as Uli among friends, in recognition of his important contribution to the knowledge of the herpetofauna of the Western Palearctic. 
References
  • 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; 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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