Pristurus adrarensis GENIEZ & ARNOLD, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pristurus adrarensis?
|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Pristurus adrarensis GENIEZ & ARNOLD 2006|
Pristurus adrarensis — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012
|Distribution||C Mauritania (Adrar Atar region)|
Type locality: Zerga mountains, about 34 km WSW of
Chinguetti, Adrar Atar region, Mauretania (20° 19’ 11.6’’N 12° 40’ 52’’W; 725? m elevation)
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 2006.0292, male (by original designation); paratypes: BMNH 2005.1603 and BEV 5916|
|Comment||Pristurus adrarensis is most closely related to the geographically nearest member of the genus, P. flavipunctatus of northeast Africa and southwest Arabia. P. adrarensis shows an 18% divergence from this species in mitochondrial DNA (cytochrome b) and also differs in being smaller, more depressed and more slender, with the dorsal crest of enlarged scales on the tail not extending|
forwards beyond the vent. The localities of the new species lie 4700km west of the previously known distribution of Pristurus and the phylogenetic topology of the genus indicates that it represents a westward range extension. The degree of genetic divergence suggests P. adrarensis separated from P. flavipunctatus as much as seven million years ago.
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|