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Pristurus insignoides ARNOLD, 1986

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesHaggier Massif Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus insignoides ARNOLD 1986
Pristurus insignoides — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus insignoides — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pristurus insignoides — RAZZETTI et al. 2011 
DistributionSocotra Island (Yemen)

Type locality: Adho Dimellus (12° 33’ N, 54° 02’E), 3500-4500 feet elevation (= (1050-1350 m). Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 99.12.5.7, paratypes: BMNH, NMW 
CommentDiagnosis: A species of Pristurus sharing the following features with P. insignis. Slender build, frontal bone with lateral downgrowths meeting and fusing on the mid-line and downward anterior processes extensively contacting the nasal capsules. Palatal section of premaxilla with a W -shaped hind margin, nasal process of the premaxilla short, little or no contact between the palatal sections of the maxillae behind the premaxilla, 25 presacral vertebrae with simple articulations, 3 sternal and 2 or 3 xiphisternal pairs of ribs, caudal vertebrae with long neural spines in males. Nostrils situated between the rostral, a supranasal and two postnasal scales, subtibials enlarged, tail strongly compressed in males with a wavy upper border but no crest of enlarged scales in either sex. Differs from P. insignis in its rather more depressed head and body, blunter snout in animals of similar size, larger ear opening, often more enlarged scales along the edge of the better developed palpebral fold, rather coarser body scales, flatter ventrals with often more obvious sensory pits. Throat is mottled rather than coarsely reticulated, dorsum grey rather than brownish, streaking on flanks usually weak or absent [ARNOLD 1986]. 
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
  • 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. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • 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. 2000. Die Geckofauna des Sokotra-Archipels (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 2: 20-27
 
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