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Ptyodactylus dhofarensis NAZAROV, MELNIKOV & MELNIKOVA, 2013

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPtyodactylus dhofarensis NAZAROV, MELNIKOV & MELNIKOVA 2013 
DistributionOman, probably adjacent Yemen

Type locality: Sultanate Oman, Dhofar region, Wadi Auyn, 17°14’ N, 53°53’ E, elevation 678 m.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZISP 26947 (Fig. 3); Leg. 28.02.2013 by R. Nazarov and J. Stenic- ka (Fig. 4). Paratypes. Four females and two males ZISP 26948 – 26953 (Fig. 5), to be transferred to ZMMU. All specimens with the same data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: One of the largest species of the Ptyo- dactylus with the male body length about 95 mm. Tail length equal to the body length. Head is wide, rostral part rounded and not elongate. Enlarged tubercles on the back are small, 3 – 4 times larger than surrounding scales, rounded shape, slightly keeled. Enlarged scales on the head developed only in the occipital area and on its sides. No enlarged tubercles on dorsal parts of fore- and hindlimbs. Tail segments almost not developed and can be distinguished only in its first third.
General coloration of the dorsal parts from light gray to beige or dark gray. Dorsal pattern with five transversal dark bands. Bands can be wide and can join on the body sides, making 4 – 5 rounded light patches in between. Other dorsal pattern, typical for females, with a narrow contrast dark bands, with distinguished rounded light patches along the middorsal line. Head dorsal pattern al- most not developed. Ventral body coloration is white. There are 10 – 12 narrow dark transversal bands on the tail, with usually larger intervals between them. Different variations of the pattern in the type series are shown on Fig. 5 [NAZAROV et al. 2013]. 
EtymologyNamed after the place where new species found — Dhofar, Oman. 
  • Ball, L.D. & Borrell, J.S. 2016. An inventory of herpetofauna from Wadi Sayq, Dhofar, Oman. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8 (12): 9454-9460 - get paper here
  • Carranza S, Xipell M, Tarroso P, Gardner A, Arnold EN, Robinson MD, et al. 2018. Diversity, distribution and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles of Oman (Sauropsida, Squamata). PLoS One 13 (2): e0190389 - get paper here
  • Carranza, Salvador; Johannes Els; Bernat Burriel-Carranza 2021. A field guide to the reptiles of Oman. Madrid : Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 223 pp. [review in HR 53 (3): 531] - 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
  • Scheler, Benjamin 2022. Zur Haltung und Vermehrung des Fächerfingergeckos Ptyodactylus dhofarensis. Sauria 44 (4): 32
  • 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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