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Asaccus kermanshahensis RASTEGAR-POUYANI, 1996

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Kermanshah leaf-toed gecko 
SynonymAsaccus kermanshahensis RASTEGAR-POUYANI 1996
Asaccus kermanshahensis — RÖSLER 2000: 60
Asaccus kermanshahensis — ŠMÍD et al. 2014 
DistributionW Iran (Zagros Mountains, Kermanshahan Province)

Type locality: 45km north of Kermanshah city, Kermanshah Province, W Iran.  
TypesHolotype: ZUTC (also as TUZM) 164R 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized gecko (≤55.7 mm from snout to vent), with four pairs of postmentals bordered by 21-24 granules; mental scale large and bell-shaped and wider than long; rostral scale more than twice as wide as high, entire, without median depression; two large internasals in broad contact behind the rostral, with a convex profile and shallow depression between them; gular scales smooth and granular, 57-58 gulars in a longitudinal row between postmental and gular line; dorsal tubercles round, oval and mainly smooth with tubercles weakly pointed and keeled separated by 4-6 scales; ventral scales cycloid-hexagonal, smooth, larger than dorsal granules; tail tubercles arranged in whorls, each whorl consisting of six large, trihedral and keeled tubercles (Rastegar-Pouyani, 1996; Anderson, 1999; Rastegar-Pouyani et al., 2007). [Parsa et al. 2009]

Desription: “based on material collected from the Zagros Mountains, Kermanshahan Province, Western Iran. It's combination of medium size, four pairs of postmentals, a very small ear opening, a much depressed and pointed head, and large, numerous, smooth tubercles scattered throughout dorsal surfaces (except the anterior half of head and the upper arms), distinguishes it from the other Asaccus species. The new species is apparently restricted in distribution to the caves and rock crevices of the Zagros Mountains, eastern Kermanshahan.” 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality in Kermanshahan Province. 
  • Anderson, Steven C 1999. The lizards of Iran. Contributions to Herpetology Volume 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Saint Louis, Missouri: i-vii, 1-442 [review in Copeia 2000 (4): 1144] - get paper here
  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • Parsa, H.; H. Oraie; A. Khosravani; N. Rastegar Pouyani 2009. Systematics and Distribution of the Iranian Plateau Leaf-toed Geckos of the Genus Asaccus (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 5 (2) - get paper here
  • Rastegar-Pouyani, N. 1996. A new species of Asaccus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the Zagros Mountains, Kermanshahan Province, Western Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 3 (1): 11-17. - get paper here
  • Rastegar-Pouyani, N., Nilson, G. & Faizi, H. 2006. A new Species of Asaccus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Kurdistan Province, western Iran. Hamadryad 30: 141-150. - get paper here
  • Rastegar-Pouyani, Nasrullah 2006. Systematics of the genus Asaccus (Sauria: Gekkonidae) on the Zagros Mountains, Iran. Herpetologica Bonnensis II: 117-119 - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • 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
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
  • Torki F., Gharzi A., Nazari-Serenje F., Javanmardi S., Heidari N., Azizpourian A., Mahdavi S., and Mahdavi-Zarkhoni M. A. 2008. Geckos of the Genera Tropiocolotes and Asaccus in the Zagros Mountains, Iran. Gekko 5 (2): 31-43
  • TORKI, F. 2010. Beschreibung eines neuen Asaccus (Reptilia: Phyllodactylidae) aus der Provinz Lorestan, Iran. Sauria 32 (4): 3-16 - get paper here
  • Torki, F. 2011. Beschreibung eines neuen Asaccus (Sauria: Phyllodactylidae) aus dem Iran. Sauria 33 (1): 51–62 - get paper here
  • Torki, F.; Ahmadzadeh, F.; Ilgaz, C.; Avci, A. & Kumlutas, Y. 2011. Description of four new Asaccus Dixon and Anderson, 1973 (Reptilia: Phyllodactylidae) from Iran and Turkey. Amphibia-Reptilia 32 (2): 185-202 - get paper here
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