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Stenodactylus pulcher ANDERSON, 1896

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Sauria (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesBeautiful Short-fingered Gecko 
SynonymStenodactylus (Ceramodactylus) pulcher ANDERSON 1896: 19
Stenodactylus pulcher — SCHMIDT 1953: 256
Stenodactylus pulcher — WERMUTH 1965: 177
Stenodactylus pulcher — KLUGE 1993
Stenodactylus pulcher — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Stenodactylus pulcher — BAUER et al. 2013 
DistributionSaudi-Arabia, Yemen

Type locality: Hadramaut, Saudi-Arabia. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: BM 
CommentDiagnosis: Fairly small, up to at least 47 mm from snout to vent; toes depressed with a lateral fringe of pointed scales and 7-9 scale-rows beneath the third toe of forefoot; rostral and upper labial scales reach nostril; preanal pores absent; cloacal tubercles in one or two rows; tail autotomy general; prefrontal projection absent; upper border of prootic not sloping downwards, with a process for attachment of the epipterygoid which is close to skull roof in the protracted skull; usually 26 presacral vertebrae, 5 nuchal ribs; usually 5 basal caudal vrrtebrae; clavicle not expanded [ARNOLD 1980: 381]. 
EtymologyEtymology: Named after Latin “pulcher” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
  • Anderson, John 1896. A Contribution to the Herpetology of Arabia, with a preliminary list of the reptiles and batrachians of Egypt. London, R. H. Porter, 124 pp.
  • Arnold E N 1980. Reptiles of Saudi Arabia. A review of the lizard genus Stenodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Fauna of Saudi Arabia 2: 368-404
  • BAUER, AARON M.; RAFAQAT MASROOR, JAMES TITUS-MCQUILLAN, MATTHEW P. HEINICKE,, JUAN D. DAZA & TODD R 2013. A preliminary phylogeny of the Palearctic naked-toed geckos (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) with taxonomic implications. Zootaxa 3599 (4): 301–324 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1953. Amphibians and reptiles of Yemen. Fieldiana Zoology 34: 253-261 . - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp.
  • Steindachner,Franz 1903. Batrachier und Reptilien von Südarabien und Sokotra, gesammelt während der südarabischen Expedition der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Sitzungsb. Akad. Wiss. Wien, math.-naturwiss. Kl., 112, Abt. 1: 7-14 - get paper here
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