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Mediodactylus stevenandersoni (TORKI, 2011)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCarinatogecko stevenandersoni TORKI 2011
Mediodactylus stevenandersoni
Carinatogecko stevenandersoni — FATHINIA et al. 2011
Mediodactylus stevenandersoni — BAUER et al. 2013 
DistributionW Iran (Lorestan)

Type locality: 1300-1500 m elevation, on the western slope of the central Zagros mountains, Tang-e-Gavshomar region (Ganj-Dare), Delphan City, Lorestan Province, western Iran, 33°49 ́ N, 47°49 ́ E.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 91901, adult female, collected by Farhang Torki on 30 September 2007. Paratype: FTHM 003362 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A relatively small gecko, but a large Carinatogecko (snout–vent length more than 35 mm); scales and tubercles all over body strongly keeled (except labials, nasals and chin scales); dorsal scales heterogeneous; enlarged tubercles on dorsum, head, and limbs; enarged trihedral tubercles posterior to labials and anterior to eyes; ventral scales smaller than dorsal scales; dorsal scales on limbs homogeneous; 3-4 postmentals; lamellae in adults and juveniles elevated, swollen and broad; ventral side of tail without large plate-like scales; 14-17 regular longitudinal rows of tubercles on back; dorsal body colour brownish, venter dirty white; complete dark crossbars (regular or irregular) across dorsum, limbs, digits, and tail; dorsal side of head spotted; supralabials completely (in juvenile) or partly (in adults) dark; subdigital lamellae distinctly brownish (Figs. 5-7 in TORKI 2011).
CommentNote that CERVENKA et al. 2010 have synonymized Carinatogecko with Mediodactylus. For the time being we follow tjat, at least until this species has been included in more rigorous phylogenetic analyses.

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyCarinatogecko stevenandersoni sp. nov. is named for Steven C. Anderson, in recognition of his great contributions to the knowledge of the herpetology of the middle East as well as the Iranian Plateau. 
  • 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
  • Fathinia, Behzad; Rasoul Karamiani, Hamid Darvishnia, Naghi Heidari, and Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. 2011. A new species of Carinatogecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Ilam Province, western Iran. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 5 (1): 61-74 - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • Sadeghi, R. and Torki, F. 2011. Notes on the natural history and distribution of Carinatogecko stevenandersoni Torki, 2011. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 5 (1): 34-36. - 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
  • Torki, F. 2011. Description of a new species of Carinatogecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Iran. Salamandra 47 (2): 103-111 - 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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