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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesPristurus rupestris guweirensis HAAS 1943
Pristurus rupestris iranicus SCHMIDT 1952
Pristurus rupestris rupestris BLANFORD 1874 
Common NamesBlanford’s Semaphore Gecko, Persia Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus rupestris BLANFORD 1874: 454
Pristurus rupestris — BOULENGER 1885: 53
Pristurus rupestris — SMITH 1935: 64
Pristurus rupestris — LOVERIDGE 1947: 76
Pristurus rupestris — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus rupestris — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pristurus rupestris — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 332

Pristurus rupestris rupestris BLANFORD 1874
Pristurus rupestris BLANFORD 1874: 454
Pristurus migiurtinicus SCORTECCI 1933 (fide LOVERIDGE 1947)
Pristurus rupestris rupestris — SCHMIDT 1952

Pristurus rupestris guweirensis HAAS 1943
Pristurus flavipunctatus guweirensis HAAS 1943
Pristurus flavipunctatus guweirensis — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994: 56
Pristurus rupestris guweirensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Pristurus rupestris guweirensis — SINDACO et al. 2014

Pristurus rupestris iranicus SCHMIDT 1952
Pristurus rupestris iranicus SCHMIDT 1952
Pristurus rupestris iranicus — WERMUTH 1965: 151
Pristurus rupestris iranicus — BADIANE et al. 2014 
DistributionSW Jordan, Eritrea, Djibouti,
Iran (Bushire, Fars), Ethiopia, probably in Sudan (L. Chirio, pers. comm.),
Pakistan ?, N Somalia, S Arabia (Bender Casim/Migiurt.), Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar

guweirensis: Jordan; Type locality: Sandstone Hills north of Guweira, Transjordan.

iranicus: Iran, Kharg Island near Bushire, West Pakistan; Type locality: Bushire, Iran.

migiurtinicus: Somalia; Type locality: “Bender Cassim” (=Bosaso), Somalia.

Terra typica restricta: Muskat [Muscat], Oman (fide SCHMIDT 1952) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesSyntypes: ZSI (fide Annandale, 1906:91)
Syntypes: NMW [guweirensis]
Holotype: ZMUC [iranicus]
Holotype: MSNM Re97 (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano), apparenly lost fide Badiane et al. 2014 [migiurtinicus] 
CommentDistribution: Not in Pakistan fide KHAN 2002 (pers. comm.). Garcia-Porta et al. (2017) suggested that there may be 14 candidate species hidden within the subspecies P. r. rupestris.

Synonymy: Pristurus flavipunctatus guweirensis HAAS 1943 is listed as a synonym by LEVITON et al. (1992). 
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