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Cyrtopodion baigii MASROOR, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtopodion baigii MASROOR 2008
Cyrtopodion baigii — NAZAROV et al. 2011
Cyrtopodion baigii — RÖSLER 2016: 6 
DistributionN Pakistan (Chilas area in the Chilas Arc Complex)

Type locality: rocky foothills of the Khanbari Valley, Diamer Basha Dam Reservoir, Chilas, Astor District, Northern Areas, Karakoram Range, Pakistan (35º33'57''N, 73º50'29''E), at an elevation of 1181m.  
TypesHolotype: PMNH 1965, adult male, collected just before sunset by Khalid Javed Baig on 6 July 2007. Paratypes: PMNH 1966, 1967 and 1968 were collected from rocky foothills of the Kiner Valley, Diamer Basha Dam Reservoir, Chilas, Chilas, Astor District, Northern Areas, Karakoram Range, Pakistan (36º 27'32''N, 74º25'37''E), at an elevation of 1175m (Table 1) by Khalid Javed Baig on 8 July 2007. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Medium sized geckos; tail longer than body; 16–18 interorbital scales; body dorsum with prominent, moderate sized, trihedral tubercles, not in contact with each other, arranged in 10 longitudinal rows, 28 paravertebral rows extending from immediately behind occiput to level of vent; 30–32 rows of ventral scales across midbody; 125–132 scales along ventral midline of body; males with two preanal pores, femoral pores absent; tail clearly segmented, each segment dorsally with three rows of small, heterogeneous subtrihedral scales anteriorly, becoming trihedral posteriorly.

Color: Dorsum light gray in life with dark brown speckling arranged in 9 distinct M-shaped cross bands; small dark spots on the head and transverse bands on the limbs; tail with 10 dark brown bands on dorsum. Body venter and undersides of head and limbs white to off white, with scattered pigment extending from dorsum onto lateralmost scales. 
EtymologyThe species epithet is a patronym honoring the late Dr. Khalid Javed Baig (1956-2006) for his contributions to the knowledge of the herpetofauna of Pakistan. BAig, together with his wife and mother, passed away in a car accident in 2006. 
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Masroor, R. 2008. A new species of Cyrtopodion (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the northern areas of Pakistan. Zootaxa 1857: 33-43 - get paper here
  • Masroor, R. 2009. A new arboreal species of Cyrtopodion (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Deh Akro-II Wetlands Complex, Sindh, Pakistan. Zootaxa 2243: 57-67 [erratum in Zootaxa 2307: 68] - get paper here
  • Nazarov, Roman A., Natalia B. Ananjeva and J. Theodore Papenfuss. 2011. A new species of thin-toes geckos Cyrtopodion sensu lato (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Balochistan Province, South Pakistan. Russ. J. Herpetol. 18 (2): 130-137 - get paper here
  • Nazarov, Roman A.;Dmitry А. Bondarenko, Mehdi Radjabizadeh 2012. A New Species of Thin-Toed Geckos Cyrtopodion sensu lato (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Hormozgan Province, South Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (4): 292-298 - get paper here
  • Nazarov, Roman; Natalia Ananjeva, and Mehdi Radjabizadeh 2010. Two New Species of Angular-Toed Geckoes (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from South Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 16 (4): 311-324 [2009] - get paper here
  • Rösler H 2016. Bemerkungen über einige Geckoarten der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota Suppl. 3: 1-94
  • Rösler, H. 2018. Haftbar -- Die einzigartige Welt der Geckos. Begleitheft zur Ausstellung im Naturkundemuseum Erfurt Mai-Aug 2018, 96 pp.
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