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Ptyodactylus ananjevae NAZAROV, MELNIKOV & MELNIKOVA, 2013

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPtyodactylus ananjevae NAZAROV, MELNIKOV & MELNIKOVA 2013
Ptyodactylus ananjevae — LIVIGNI 2013: 266 
DistributionS Jordan

Type locality: southern Jordan, Al Mudawwarah vicinity, 29°20’ N, 35°57’ E.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZISP 26962, male, Leg. 5 – 6.04.2012 by D. Melnikov (Fig. 4). Paratype. Female ZISP 26963 (Figs. 10 and 11), the same data as holotype.* 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Medium-sized gecko, maximum body size about 80 mm, tail length slightly bigger or equal to the body length. Head narrow with elongated rostral part. Enlarged tubercles on the dorsum are rounded, triangle-shaped, 4 – 6 times larger that surrounding scales, with well developed keels. Enlarged rounded tubercles cover sides of the head in the occipital area. Enlarged tu- bercles well developed on the dorsal parts of proximities. Tail not segmented.
Ground color of dorsal body side from light beige to reddish tint.
Dorsal pattern formed by small reddish-brownish and light patches of irregular shape (Fig. 11). Larger rounded light patches are distinguished along the vertebra. Pattern of the dorsal side of the head formed by small rounded brick-red patches and light dots. There are 10 – 12 transversal dark wide bands on the tail, width of bands bigger than spaces between them. Ventral side of the tail is white. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologySpecies named in honor of Natalia Ananjeva, Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg (Russia) in recognition of her contribution to study of Asian lizards. For a short bio see Doronin & Syromyatnikova 2021. 
  • Doronin, Igor V.; Elena V. Syromyatnikova 2021. To the Jubilee of the Editor-in-chief Prof. Natalia B. Ananjeva. Russian Journal of Herpetology 28 (1): 1-3 - get paper here
  • LiVigni, F. (ed.) 2013. A Life for Reptiles and Amphibians, Volume 1. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 495 pp. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Nazarov, Roman; Daniel Melnikov, Ekaterina Melnikova 2013. Three New Species of Ptyodactylus (Reptilia; Squamata; Phyllodactylidae) from the Middle East. Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (2): 147-162 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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