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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesRüppell’s Semaphore Gecko, Middle Eastern Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus flavipunctatus RÜPPELL 1835
Gymnodactylus flavipunctatus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 417
Pristurus flavipunctatus — BOULENGER 1885: 52
Pristurus percristatus BOULENGER 1896 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Pristurus percristatus — SCORTECCI 1929: 312
Pristurus percristatus pseudoflavipunctatus SCORTECCI 1933 (fide LOV. 1947)
Pristurus flavipunctatus — LOVERIDGE 1947: 77
Pristurus flavipunctatus flavipunctatus — HAAS 1951
Pristurus gasperetti ARNOLD 1986 (fide SCHÄTTI & GASPERETTI 1994)
Pristurus gasperetti — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus flavipunctatus — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus flavipunctatus — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pristurus gasperetti — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pristurus flavipunctatus — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 331 
DistributionE Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia (incl. Farasan Islands), Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia
Sudan (Neberet Valley),
Eritrea (Ghinda and Emberemi),
Jordan (Sandstone Hills)

Type locality: Massaua, Abessinien.

gasperetti (invalid): was described from W Saudi-Arabia (Wadi Kharrar near Makkah); Type locality: Wadi Kharrar, near Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 21° 17'30"N 40° 06'30"E, 460 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous; soem species of Pristurus were shown to have sperm storage (Rösler & Kaiser 2018) 
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.20.31-42 (and possibly additional specimens).
Holotype: BMNH 1986.206, male; Paratypes: BMNH [gasperetti]
CommentType: MSNTO R2512, Syntype: UMMZ (percristatus)

Type species: Pristurus flavipunctatus RÜPPELL 1835 is the type species of the genus Pristurus RÜPPELL 1835.

Subspecies: Pristurus gasperetti gallagheri ARNOLD 1986 has been elevated to full species. 
EtymologyNamed after the yellow spots characteristic for this species. P. gasperetti was named after John Gasperetti (1920-2001), engineer and surveyor of various companies and governments in the Middle East and Field Associate of the Department of Herpetology of the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. 
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