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Asaccus kurdistanensis RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NILSON & FAIZI, 2006

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Kurdistan leaf-toed gecko 
SynonymAsaccus kurdistanensis RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NILSON & FAIZI 2006
Asaccus kurdistanensis — GHOLAMIFARD 2011
Asaccus kurdistanensis — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionW Iran (Kurdistan, Kermanshah province), 1700 m elevation

Type locality: ca. 1,850 m elevation, in the Zagros Mountains, 10 km north-west of Sarvabad, between Marivan and Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, western Iran (46º 17΄ E; 35º 08΄N); coordinates corrected to 46° 28’ E, 35° 28’ N by TORKI & SHARIFI (2007).  
TypesHolotype: RUZM 1999, adult male, collected by the senior author on 13 June 2004. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A relatively large-sized gecko (maximum SVL is 63.5 mm), with three pairs of postmentals, extension of dorsal tubercles onto the head region and upper surfaces of the hindlegs, presence of large, mucronate and tubeculate scales on sides of tail segments and a relatively distinct colour pattern.

Diagnosis: A relatively large-sized gecko (≤63.5 mm from snout to vent) with three pairs of postmentals, mental larger than the first of postmental; rostral shield broad, in contact with first supra labial and intranasal; intranasal shield large, swollen (about twice as large as postmental scales); gulars granular, smooth and in single longitudinal row from the level of second part of postmental to gular, 56-57 scales; scattered roundish tubercles on nape and head; dorsal scales granular, among them long, roundish, smooth tubercles (3 times size of granules), separated from others by 3-5 granules; ventral scales smooth, rounded, subimbricate, and larger than gulars; large scales on the side of tail pointed and keeled (unlike the shield on dorsal side of tail); cloacal tubercles relatively small (Rastegar-Pouyani et al., 2006). 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
Etymologynamed after its type locality. 
  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • NASRABADI, REZA; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, AHMAD GHARZI 2017. A revised key to the lizards of Iran (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertilia). Zootaxa 4227 (3): 431–443 - 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., 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
  • 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. 2009. Sexual dimorphism of scale keeling in Asaccus kurdistanensis RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NILSON & FAIZI, 2006 [Short Note]. Herpetozoa 22: - get paper here
  • 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. & Sharifi, M. 2007. Einige biologische Aspekte von Asaccus kurdistanensis RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NILSON & FAIZI 2006 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Sauria 29 (4): 19-25 - 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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