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Bunopus crassicauda NIKOLSKY, 1907

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Thick-tailed tuberculated gecko, Thickhead Rock Gecko 
SynonymBunopus crassicauda NIKOLSKY 1907: 261
Bunopus crassicauda var. flavescens NIKOLSKY 1907: 264
Alsophylax crassicauda — ANDERSON 1963: 474
Alsophylax crassicauda — WERMUTH 1965
Bunopus crassicaudus — ANDERSON 1999: 139
Bunopus crassicauda — RÖSLER 2000: 61
Bunopus crassicauda — ŠMÍD et al. 2014 
DistributionIran (Maljat-Abat/Kum)

Type locality: Kum and Chara - Magornmed - Abad (Province Irak, Adschemi) and Maljat - Abad, Persia; Chara-Magommed-Abad, Irak-Adjemi Prov. [restricted by Szczerbak and Golubev, 1986:98] fide ANDERSON 1999; [= Mohammedabad-Khere, Qazvin Province, Iran, 36.02 N 50.07 E].

flavescens: Type locality: “Oppid. Kum in prov. Irak-Adschemi” [Qom, Qom Province, Iran, 34.64 N 50.88 E].  
TypesLectotype: ZISP (ZIL) 10233, male (designated by Szczerbak and Golubev 1986.
Holotype: ZISP 10230 [flavescens] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A pair of postmentals in contact behind the pentagonal mental; ventrals
smooth; posterior three-fourths of tail with enlarged subcaudal plates (Anderson 1999: 139). 
CommentDistribution: There is a record for Djebel Amri, northeastern Syria; however, this requires verification (Anderson, 1999; see also Martens, 1997, Gholamifard 2011).See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyApparently named after its thick tail (Latin crassus, -a = thick, dense, and Latin “cauda = tail), although the tail in this species is not particularly thick, at least not in all specimens. 
  • ANANJEVA, NATALIA B.; KONSTANTIN D. MILTO, ANDREI V. BARABANOV, EVGENY A. GOLYNSKY 2020. An annotated type catalogue of amphibians and reptiles collected by Nikolay A. Zarudny in Iran and Middle Asia. Zootaxa 4722 (2): 101–128 - get paper here
  • Anderson, S.C. 1963. Amphibians and Reptiles from Iran. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. Ser. 4, 31(16): 417-498 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Kamali, Kamran and Omid Mozaffari. 2013. New data on the distribution of thick-tailed tuberculate gecko, Bunopus crassicauda (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in Iran. Herpetology Notes 6: 281-283.
  • Minton, S. A., Jr., S. C. Anderson, and J. A. Anderson. 1970. Remarks on some geckos from southwest Asia, with descriptions of three new forms and a key to the genus Tropiocolotes. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 37: 333—362 - get paper here
  • Nikolsky, A. M. 1907. Reptiles et amphibiens recueillis (part.) M. N. A. Zarudny en Perse en 1903-1904 [in Russian and Latin]. Ann. Mus. Zool. Acad. Imp. Sci., St. Petersburg 10 [1905]: 260-301 - 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
  • Schleich, H. H. 1977. Distributional maps of reptiles of Iran. Herpetological Review 8: 126-129. - get paper here
  • Shcherbak, N. N. [= Szczerbak], and M. L. Golubev 1996. Gecko fauna of the USSR and contiguous regions. SSAR [Russian original published in 1986]. [book review in Salamandra 36 (2): 138]
  • 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
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