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Saurodactylus slimanii JAVANMARDI, VOGLER & JOGER, 2019

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymSaurodactylus slimanii JAVANMARDI, VOGLER & JOGER 2019: 413 
DistributionMorocco (near Ouarzazate and Tinghir)

Type locality: 10 km south of Ouarzazate, Morocco.  
TypesHolotype: SNMB-N 60871 (deposited at State Natural History Museum Braunschweig, Germany); collected by Ulrich Joger and Ralf Kosma on 23 May 2014. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Dorsum usually brown or blackish (no light morphs are known). In specimens with darker back, tail is dark, too. Dorsal spots often arranged in two longitudinal rows. Light dorsolateral streaks on both sides of head usually extending beyond neck/shoulder (not in the holotype). The diagnosis may be extendable to scalation characters, as the holotype shows some unique characteristics (see below). However, as no additional specimens other than the holotype could be studied in this regard, we refrain from doing so. 
CommentDistribution: for a map see Javanmardi et al. 2019: 405 (Fig. 2). 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Tahar Slimani, who initiated the collaboration between the laboratories of the authors and accompanied them on a number of successful field trips in Morocco. The patronym was latinized as Slimanius and then placed into the masculine genitive singular. 
  • JAVANMARDI, SOHEILA; SVEN VOGLER, ULRICH JOGER 2019. Phylogenetic differentiation and taxonomic consequences in the Saurodactylus brosseti species complex (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae), with description of four new species. Zootaxa 4674 (4): 401–425 - get paper here
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