Alsophylax pipiens (PALLAS, 1827)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Alsophylax pipiens?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Kaspischer Even-fingered Gecko|
G: Kaspischer Geradfinger
Russian: Пискливый геккончик
|Synonym||Lacerta pipiens PALLAS 1827: 27|
Alsophylax pipiens — BOULENGER 1885: 19
Alsophylax microtis BOULENGER 1885
Alsophylax pipiens — ANNANDALE 1905
Alsophylax (Alsophylax) pipiens — RÖSLER 2000: 59
Alsophylax pipiens — BAUER et al. 2013
|Distribution||S Mongolia (Gobi Desert), |
former USSR between Wolga and Ural, Kazakhstan (Caspian Sea to Lake Zaysan) south to Uzbekistan, N Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, NW China, NE Iran ?, S Russia (Astrakhan Oblast)
Type locality: Berg Bogda
|Types||Syntype: MCZ R-7128|
|Diagnosis||Definition (genus): Alsophylax species range from about 30–41 mm in maximum SVL. They are of moderate build, with a fairly neat appearance. As in all gekkonids, eyelids do not function. Alsophylax species are tan to gray in color, sometimes with darker cross-bands or other markings. Alsophylax can be distinguished from other geckos by the following combination of characteristics: hyoid without second ceratobranchial cartilages; 14 scleral ossicles; stapedial foramen present; frontal single; parietals paired; nasals paired; cloacal bones present; phalangeal formula 2-3-4-5-3/2-3-4-5-4 (manus/pes); paraphalangeal elements absent; eye with vertical pupil with notched margins; digits free, not expanded, with no fringe of lateral scales; non-expanded subdigital lamellae are smooth; digits not kinked at joints; claws present; dorsal scalation consists of small granules with or without keeled or unkeeled tubercles; head with distinctly large nasals; preanal pores present; tail moderate, thick, tapering, cylindrical, unsegmented; females lay two hard-shelled eggs (Kluge 1967, Szczerbak and Gulubev 1996).|
|Comment||Date of publication: ZHAO & ADLER 1993 discuss the date of publication of Pallas’ work, which is cited with dates ranging from 1811-1831.|
Synonymy: Not listed as separate species by ANDERSON 1999, Lizards of Iran who says “Terentjev and Chernov (1949: 131) included northeastern Iran within the distribution of Alsophylax pipiens (which in their view included A. microtus and A. laevis), but I find no documented records for Iran.”
Distribution: Not in Afghanistan fide Wagner et al. 2017.
Type species: Lacerta pipiens PALLAS 1827 is the type species of the genus Alsophylax FITZINGER 1843: 90.
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