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Microgecko helenae NIKOLSKY, 1907

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesMicrogecko helenae fasciatus (SCHMIDTLER & SCHMIDTLER 1972)
Microgecko helenae helenae (NIKOLSKY 1907) 
Common NamesKhuzestan Dwarf gecko 
SynonymMicrogecko helenae NIKOLSKY 1907
Microgecko helenae — WERNER 1936
Tropiocolotes helenae — MERTENS 1956
Microgecko helenae — ANDERSON 1961
Microgecko helenae — ANDERSON 1963
Tropiocolotes helenae — MINTON 1962
Microgecko helenae — GUIBÉ 1966
Microgecko helenae — KLUGE 1967
Tropiocolotes helenae — MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Microgecko helenae — TUCK 1970
Microgecko helenae — KLUGE 1993
Tropiocolotes helenae — FRYNTA et al. 1997
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) helenae — RÖSLER 2000: 117
Microgecko helenae — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Microgecko helenae — BAUER et al. 2013

Microgecko helenae fasciatus (SCHMIDTLER & SCHMIDTLER 1972)
Tropiocolotes helenae fasciatus SCHMIDTLER & SCHMIDTLER 1972: 62
Tropiocolotes helenae fasciatus — FRANZEN & GLAW 2007
Microgecko helenae fasciatus — ŠMÍD et al. 2014 
DistributionIran, Pakistan ?

helenae: Iran; Type locality: Aguljasdiker, Alchorschir und Bidczar (alle „Arabistan" = Khuzestan), sowie Isfagan ( = Isfahan?) in „Kuchcstan". Restricted to (hoc loco): Bidezar = Bid Zard. “Alchorschir; Aguljaschker; Isfagan; Bidezar, Khuzestan Province, Iran” fide ANDERSON 1999 [restricted to Bidezar [=Bid Zard] by J J Schmidtler and J F Schmidtler 1972:60; Alchorschir by designation of lectotype by SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1986:111, 113]

fasciatus: Iran (Kermanshahan, Lorestan Provinces, western Zagros Mountains), Type locality: Sorkh-e Dize, 125 km west of Kermanshahan, on road to Baghdad, Kermanshahan Prov., Iran [close to Iraqi border at 1000-1500 m. elevation].  
TypesLectotype: ZISP (ZIL) 10242 (designated by SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1986:111)
Holotype: ZSM 501/68 [fasciatus] 
CommentSynonymy and subspecies: Szczerbak & Golubev (1996) suspected that fasciatus is a variant of helenae and thus a synonym.

Distribution: Not in Pakistan fide KHAN 2002 (pers. comm.). See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.

Type species: Microgecko helenae NIKOLSKY 1907 is the type species of the genus Microgecko NIKOLSKY 1907. 
  • Anderson S. C. 1961. A note on the synonymy of Microgecko Nikolsky with Tropiocolotes Peters. Wasmann Journal of Biology 19: 287-289. - get paper here
  • Anderson, Steven C 1999. The lizards of Iran. Contributions to Herpetology Volume 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Saint Louis, Missouri: i-vii, 1-442 [review in Copeia 2000 (4): 1144] - get paper here
  • Anderson,S.C. 1963. Amphibians and Reptiles from Iran. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. Ser. 4, 31(16): 417-498 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Frynta,D. et al. 1997. Results of the Czech biological expedition to Iran. Part 1. Notes on the distribution of amphibians and reptiles. Acta Soc. Zool. Bohem. 61: 3-17
  • Gholamifard, Ali; Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani 2015. Microgecko helenae helenae Nikolsky, 1907 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) Extends Its Range to the Southern Zagros Mountains, South of Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 22 (1): 1-10 - get paper here
  • GHOLAMIFARD, ALI; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, AZAR KHOSRAVANI, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, HAMZEH ORAEI 2016. A new species of the genus Microgecko Nikolsky, 1907 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from southern Iran Zootaxa 4093 (1): 026–040 - get paper here
  • Guibe, J. 1966. Contribution a l’etude des Microgecko Nikolsky et Tropiocolotes Peters (Lacertilia, Gekkonidae). Bulletin du Museum National d ‘Histoire Naturelle (ser. 2) 38: 337-346.
  • Karamiani, Rasoul; Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani 2012. Westernmost Record of Khuzestan Dwarf Gecko Tropiocolotes helenae helenae (Nikolsky, 1907) (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Kermanshah Province, Western Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (3): 212–216<br /> - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1956. Amphibien und Reptilien aus S.O. Iran. Jahreshefte Ver. vaterl. Naturk. Württemberg 111: 90-97
  • Minton, S. A., Jr., S. C. Anderson, and J. A. Anderson. 1970. Remarks on some geckos from southwest Asia, with descriptions of three new forms and a key to the genus Tropiocolotes. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 37: 333—362 - get paper here
  • Nikolsky, A. M. 1907. Reptiles et amphibiens recueillis (part.) M. N. A. Zarudny en Perse en 1903-1904 [in Russian and Latin]. Ann. Mus. Zool. Acad. Imp. Sci., St. Petersburg 10 [1905]: 260-301 - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schmidtler, J. J., and J. F. Schmidtler. 1972. Zwerggeckos aus dem Zagros-Gebirge (Iran). Salamandra 8 (2): 59-66 - get paper here
  • Shcherbak, N. N. [= Szczerbak], and M. L. Golubev 1996. Gecko fauna of the USSR and contiguous regions. SSAR [Russian original published in 1986].
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - 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
  • Torki F., Gharzi A., Nazari-Serenje F., Javanmardi S., Heidari N., Azizpourian A., Mahdavi S., and Mahdavi-Zarkhoni M. A. 2008. Geckos of the Genera Tropiocolotes and Asaccus in the Zagros Mountains, Iran. Gekko 5 (2): 31-43
  • Torki, F. 2007. Sexual dimorphism in the Banded Dwarf Gecko, Tropiocolotes helenae fasciatus (Gekonidae) on the western Iranian plateau. Zoology in the Middle East 40: 33-38 - get paper here
  • Torki. F. & Gharzi, A. 2008. Morphologische und ökologische Aspekte von Tropiocolotes helenae (NIKOLSKY, 1907) (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Sauria 30 (1): 13-20 - get paper here
  • Tuck,R. G. 1970. Rediscovery and redescription of the Khuzistan dwarf gecko, Microgecko helenae NIKOLSKY (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 83: 477-482 - get paper here
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