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Pristurus abdelkuri ARNOLD, 1986

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAbdel Kuri Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus abdelkuri ARNOLD 1986: 359
Pristurus abdelkuri — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus abdelkuri — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pristurus abdelkuri — RAZZETTI et al. 2011 
DistributionAb-El-Kuri Island (between Socotra and Somalia)

Type locality: Abd al Kuri (Socotra Archipelago).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 99.12.5.126; male
Paratypes: BMNH 
CommentNot listed for Somalia by LANZA 1990.

Diagnosis: A moderate sized species ofPristurus growing to about 35 mm from snout to vent with a relatively long head and narrow snout. Lateral downgrowths of frontal bone meeting and fusing on the midline, downward anterior processes present but short(*); nasal section of premaxilla not extend- ing backwards as far as the level of the anterior margins of the orbits, the posterior margin of its palatal section forming two deep curves(*) rather than a strong W-shape; clear and extensive contact between the palatal sections of the maxillae behind the premaxilla(*) but without extensive interdigitation; 23 presacral vertebrae(*) with the lateral sections of the anterior zygapophyses folded right over the contiguous posterior zygapophyses of the next vertebra(*); three sternal and one, less commonly two, complete xiphisternal ribs; nostril situated between the rostral, a supranasal and one or two postnasal scales; one scale between the two supranasals; upper palpebral fold projecting, a group of enlarged scales above the ear opening, scattered enlarged scales on flanks(*); subtibial scales strongly enlarged; tail compressed in males, with a dorsal sagittal fringe of long scales above that does not extend on to the body. Differs from more primitive species, viz. P. celerrimus, P. insignis, P. insignoides, P. guichardi and P. socotranus, in possessing the derived features marked with an asterisk above. Most of these are shared with more advanced species but these differ from P. abdelkuri in their shorter snout and interdigitation be- tween the maxillae behind the premaxilla [ARNOLD 1986]. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
References
  • Arnold E N 1986. New species of semaphore gecko (Pristurus: Gekkonidae) from Arabia and Socotra. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 8: 352-377
  • Arnold, E.N. 2009. Relationships, evolution and biogeography of Semaphore geckos, Pristurus (Squamata, Sphaerodactylidae) based on morphology. Zootaxa 2060: 1-21 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA
  • Garcia-Porta, Joan; Hernán E. Morales, Elena Gómez-Díaz, Roberto Sindaco, Salvador Carranza 2016. Patterns of diversification in islands: A comparative study across three gecko genera in the Socotra Archipelago Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.02.007 - get paper here
  • RAZZETTI, EDOARDO; ROBERTO SINDACO, CRISTINA GRIECO, FRANCESCA PELLA, UGO ZILIANI, FABIO PUPIN, ELISA RISERVATO, DANIELE PELLITTERI-ROSA, LUCA BUTIKOFER, AHMED SAEED SULEIMAN, BADAR AWADH AL-ASEILY, CATERINA CARUGATI, ELEONORA BONCOMPAGNI & MAURO FAS 2011. Annotated checklist and distribution of the Socotran Archipelago Herpetofauna (Reptilia). Zootaxa 2826: 1–44 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. & Wranik, W. 2004. A key and annotated checklist to the reptiles of the Socotra archipelago. Fauna of Arabia 20: 505-534
  • Rösler, H. & Wranik, W. 2006. Die Gecko-Inseln. 2. Teil: Die tagaktiven Geckos der Gattung Pristurus RÜPPEL, 1835, vom Sokotra Archipel, Jemen (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Sauria 28 (4): 17-26 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H.; Köhler, J. & Böhme, W. 2008. A new species of the diurnal gekkonid genus Pristurus Rüppell, 1835 from the Red Sea island Hanish al-Kabir, Yemen. Amphibia-Reptilia 29: 217-227 - get paper here
  • Rösler,H. & Wranik,W. 1999. Beiträge zur Herpetologie der Republik Jemen. 5. Drei neue Gecko-Arten vom Sokotra-Archipel (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Zool. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 50 (2): 249-265
  • Rösler,H. & Wranik,W. 2000. Die Geckofauna des Sokotra-Archipels (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 2: 20-27
 
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