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Altiphylax baturensis (KHAN & BAIG, 1992)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Batura Glacier Gecko 
SynonymTenuidactylus baturensis KHAN & BAIG 1992
Tenuidactylus baturensis — KLUGE 1993
Cyrtopodion (Tenuidactylus) baturensis — RÖSLER 2000: 68
Cyrtodactylus baturensis — KHAN 1999
Mesodactylus baturensis — KHAN 1999
Altigekko baturensis — KHAN 2003
Cyrtopodion baturense — FROST 2007 (pers. comm.)
Altiphylax baturensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Cyrtopodion baturense — AUFFENBERG et al. 2010
Altiphylax baturensis — BAUER et al. 2013 
DistributionN Pakistan (NE Gilgit Agency, Federally Administered Northern Areas (FANA)), Hunza River; elevation 2,438–3,078 m

Type locality: Pasu, Gilgit Agency N Pakistan (36° 20’ N, 74° 50’ E), elevation 8025 ft.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1990.3 
CommentType Species: Tenuidactylus baturensis KHAN & BAIG 1992 is the type species of the genus Altigekko.

C. baturense is similar to but immediately separable from C. stoliczkai by a number of characters, i.e. character 12 = number of large, lateral tubercles on each tail whorl, character 19 = number of scale rows per tail whorl, character 34 = medial subcaudals, character 35 = distal scale row of tail whorl. 
EtymologyThe new gecko is named after Batura Glacier which lies between Pasu (36° 20'N, 74° 50' E) and Khaiber (36° 35' N, 74° 47' E) the type localities, lying on the western bank of the Hunza River, Gilgit Agency. 
  • AUFFENBERG, KURT; KENNETH L. KRYSKO & HAFIZUR REHMAN 2010. Studies on Pakistan Lizards: Cyrtopodion baturense (Khan and Baig 1992) and Cyrtopodion walli (Ingoldby 1922) (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2636: 1–20 - get paper here
  • Baig, K. J. 1998. A new species of Tenuidactylus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Balochistan, Pakistan. Hamadryad 23 (2): 127-132. - get paper here
  • BAUER, AARON M.; RAFAQAT MASROOR, JAMES TITUS-MCQUILLAN, MATTHEW P. HEINICKE,, JUAN D. DAZA & TODD R. JACKMAN 2013. A preliminary phylogeny of the Palearctic naked-toed geckos (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) with taxonomic implications. Zootaxa 3599 (4): 301–324 - get paper here
  • Khan M S; Baig K J 1992. A new Tenuidactylus gecko from northeastern Gilit Agency, north Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology 24(4) 1992: 273-277 - get paper here
  • Khan, M.S. 2003. Questions of generic designation of angular-toed geckos of Pakistan with descriptions of three new genera (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). J. nat. hist. Wildl. 2 (2): 1-9
  • Khan, M.S. 2003. Anmerkungen zur Morphologie, Verbreitung und den Habitatpräferenzen einiger pakistanischer Geckos. Sauria 25 (3): 35-47 [erratum in 25 (4): 27] - get paper here
  • Khan, M.S. 2003. CHECKLIST AND KEY TO THE LIZARDS OF PAKISTAN. Pakistan J. Zool. Suppl. Ser. (1): 1-25 - get paper here
  • Khan, M.S. 2006. Angular-Toed Geckos of the Western Himalayas - Genus Altigekko. Reptilia (GB) (46): 60-63 - get paper here
  • Khan, Muhammad Sharif 2005. An Overview of the Angular-toed Geckos of Pakistan (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Gekko 4 (2): 20-30
  • Krysko, K. L.; Rehman, H. & Auffenberg, K. 2007. A new species of Cyrtopodion (Gekkonidae: Gekkoninae) from Pakistan. Herpetologica 63 (1): 100-113 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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