Mediodactylus stevenandersoni (TORKI, 2011)
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Carinatogecko stevenandersoni TORKI 2011|
Mediodactylus stevenandersoni — by implication
Carinatogecko stevenandersoni — FATHINIA et al. 2011
Mediodactylus stevenandersoni — BAUER et al. 2013
|Distribution||W 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.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 91901, adult female, collected by Farhang Torki on 30 September 2007. Paratype: FTHM 003362|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: 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).|
|Comment||Note 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.
|Etymology||Carinatogecko 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.|
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