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Stenodactylus sharqiyahensis METALLINOU & CARRANZA, 2013

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymStenodactylus sharqiyahensis METALLINOU & CARRANZA 2013 
DistributionOman (Sharqiyah Sands)

Type locality: Al Sharqiyah Sands, Oman, 22.45379°N 58.67551°E (WGS84)  
TypesHolotype: NMP6V 74955 (sample code S7568), male, collected on the 4th of May 2011 by S. Carranza, E. Gómez-Díaz and F. Amat (Fig. 4A,B).
Paratypes. NMP6V 74953 (sample code S7925); NMP6V 74954 (sample code S7965); ONHM3715 (sample code S7908); MCCI-R1809 (sample code S7993). All paratypes are female and were collected at Al Sharqiyah Sands, Oman, 22.44492N 58.66177E WGS84, on the 17th of October 2010 by S. Carranza and F. Amat (Figs. 4C, 6A, 8A). 
CommentStenodactylus sharqiyahensis sp. nov. is characterized morphologically by its small size, snout shape, webbing between fingers not very extended, relatively short limbs, and scalation. It is genetically dis- tinct in the mitochondrial DNA and the nuclear MC1R gene from Stenodactylus arabicus to which it has previously been referred. 
EtymologyThe species epithet “sharqiyahensis” is an adjective that refers to the desert where all the specimens that belong to this species have been found to date, and to where the species is probably endemic, Al Sharqiyah Sands, in northeastern Oman. Margarita Metallinou (1985–2015) was remembered by Carranza & Bauer 2016. 
  • 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 & AARON M. BAUER 2016. Margarita Metallinou (1985–2015) Zootaxa 4132 (4): 598–600
  • Kwet, Axel 2014. Liste der im Jahr 2013 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (3): 56-67 - get paper here
  • METALLINOU, MARGARITA; SALVADOR CARRANZA 2013. New species of Stenodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Sharqiyah Sands in northeastern Oman. Zootaxa 3745 (4): 449–468 - get paper here
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