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Pristurus ornithocephalus ARNOLD, 1986

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesBirdhead Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus ornithocephalus ARNOLD 1986: 371
Pristurus ornithocephalus — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus ornithocephalus — RÖSLER 1995: 169
Pristurus ornithocephalus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 

Type locality: Haura (= Al Hawrah), 13°49'N 47°35'E, coast of South Yemen.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1953.1.6.80, male
Paratypes: BMNH 
Etymologynamed after Greek “ornis” (= bird) and “kephales” (= head), in reference to the sharp beak-like snout of this species. 
  • 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
  • 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, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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