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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesMicrogecko persicus bakhtiari MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Microgecko persicus euphorbiacola MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Microgecko persicus persicus (NIKOLSKY 1903) 
Common NamesPersia Sand Gecko, Persian Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymAlsophylax persicus NIKOLSKY 1903: 95
Alsophylax persicus — WERNER 1936
Cyrtodactylus persicus — WETTSTEIN 1960: 190
Bunopus persicus — ANDERSON 1963: 474
Tropiocolotes persicus — MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Microgecko persicus — KLUGE 1993
Tropiocolotes persicus — FRYNTA et al. 1997
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) persicus — RÖSLER 2000: 119
Microgecko persicus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Microgecko persicus — BAUER et al. 2013

Tropiocolotes persicus persicus (NIKOLSKY 1903)
Alsophylax persicus NIKOLSKY 1903: 95
Tropiocolotes persicus persicus — MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) persicus persicus — SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1986
Bunopus persicus — ANDERSON 1963
Microgecko persicus persicus — KLUGE 1993
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) persicus persicus — RÖSLER 2000: 119

Tropiocolotes persicus bakhtiari MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Tropiocolotes persicus bakhtiari MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) persicus bakhtiari — SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1986
Microgecko persicus bakhtiari — KLUGE 1993
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) persicus bakhtiari — RÖSLER 2000: 119
Tropiocolotes persicus bakhtiari — KARAMIANI et al. 2013

Tropiocolotes persicus euphorbiacola MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Tropiocolotes persicus euphorbiacola MINTON, ANDERSON & ANDERSON 1970
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) persicus euphorbiacola — SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1986
Microgecko persicus euphorbiacola — KLUGE 1993
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) persicus euphorbiacola — RÖSLER 2000: 119
Tropiocolotes persicus euphorbicola [sic] — KHAN 2003: 41
Microgecko persicus euphorbiacola — AGARWAL et al. 2014 
DistributionIran, Iraq, Pakistan (Bela through Haleji, Hab River Valley, Nabisar Thar Desert)

bakhtiari: Iran (W Zagros Mountains)

euphorbiacola: S Pakistan, India; Type locality: lower Pab Hills, Hab Chowki, Las Bela District, west Pakistan.

Type locality: Vicus Degak in Terra Dizak, Persia orient.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP (ZIL) 10005
Holotype: CAS 93939 [euphorbiacola]
Holotype: CAS 86408 [bakhtiari] 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Persia (now: Iran). 
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  • Agarwal, Ishan 2009. First Record of Tropiocolotes persicus euphorbiacola Minton, Anderson and Anderson 1970 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the Republic of India, with Notes on Its Habitat and Natural History. Russ. J. Herpetol. 16 (2): 83-87 - 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
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  • 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, 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
  • Karamiani, Rasoul; Ali Gholamifard, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani 2013. Additional Specimens and Further Data on Bakhtiari Dwarf Gecko, Tropiocolotes persicus bakhtiari Minton, Anderson et Anderson, 1970 from Southwestern Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (4): 271-275 - get paper here
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