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Teratoscincus sistanense AKBARPOUR, SHAFIEI, SEHHATISABET & DAMADI, 2017

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymTeratoscincus sistanense AKBARPOUR, SHAFIEI, SEHHATISABET & DAMADI 2017 
DistributionSE Iran (Sistan and Baluchistan)

Type locality: Zahak Town, 30 ̊53'42"N, 61 ̊40'34"E, 492 m, Zabol County, Sistan and Baluchistan Province, southeastern Iran  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. Adult male (ZMSBUK 704), March 2017, M. Akbarpour leg. – Paratypes. IRAN: 3♂ ad. (ZMSBUK 705, 706, 707) and 1♀ (ZMS- BUK 708), Niatak River, 31 ̊07'52"N, 61 ̊36'37"E, 496 m, Sistan and Baluchistan Prov- ince, July 2009, M. E. Sehhatisabet leg. 3♂ ad. (ZMSBUK 709, 710, 711) Kaftargi Village, 30 ̊51'20"N, 61 ̊40'04"E, 495 m, Zabol County, Sistan and Baluchistan Prov- ince, May 2015, E. Damadi leg. 
CommentHabitat: flat terrain with a hot and dry climate. The soil texture of the habitat is sandy, with various degrees of compaction, the sandy areas being interspersed with patches of gravel of variable size and loamy-silty soil. The vegetation is sparse and dominated by Tamarix sp.

Behavior: The species was observed to be active only at night.

Sympatry: Teratoscincus bedriagai, Ophiomorous tridactylus, Eremias persica, Trapelus agilis, Eremias fasciata) and snakes (Echis carinatus and Lytorhynchus ridgewayi. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym for Sistan and Baluchistan Province, southeastern Iran. 
References
  • Akbarpour, Morteza; Soheila Shafiei, Mohammad Ebrahim Sehhatisabet and Ehsan Damadi 2017. A new species of frog-eyed gecko, genus Teratoscincus Strauch, 1863 (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae), from southeastern Iran Zoology in the Middle East 63 (4): 296 - get paper here
 
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