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Cyrtopodion sistanense NAZAROV & RAJABIZADEH, 2007

IUCN Red List - Cyrtopodion sistanense - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Sistan angular-toed gecko 
SynonymCyrtopodion sistanensis NAZAROV & RAJABIZADEH 2007
Cyrtopodion turcmenicum — ANDERSON 1999 (plate 8)
Cyrtopodion (Cyrtopodion) sistanense — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Cyrtopodion sistanense — BAUER et al. 2013 
DistributionSE Iran (Sistan, Baluchistan)

Type locality: Iran, prov. Sistan-Baluchistan, 90 km W from Zahedan, Nosratabad, 29°50’ N 59°53’ E; 1300 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: ZMMU R-12390. coll. Roman A. Nazarov and Khosro Radjabizadeh on April 30, 2005. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Snout-vent SVL 54 – 57 mm, tail length Lcd 68 – 78 mm; large strongly keeled trihedral dorsum tubercles forming 14 – 16 longitudinal rows at midbody, 24 – 29 tubercles from occiput to the middle of sacrum; tail with pronounced segments, that were formed by semi-rings of large greatly keeled oblong tubercles, on each segment there are by two such semi-rings — the main, and additional (less advanced), subcaudal plates are situated in single median series, width is not larger than its height, in the ultimate one-third of non-regenerated tail the subcaudal scales are bifid; 24 – 42 abdominal scales across middle of belly, 120 – 156 midventral scales along trunk. Males have 6 highly pronounced preanal pores that are located in a regular row on scales, having in a practical manner no size difference from not large and uniform surrounding scales. 9 – 10 infralabial scales, 10 – 12 supralabial. Mental plate is large, 3 – 4 pairs submental scales, first pair in broad contact.
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality in the (historical) Sistan region in Iran. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • Nazarov, Roman A. and Mehdi Rajabizadeh 2007. A new species of angular-goed gecko of the genus Cyrtopodion (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from south-east Iran (Sistan-Baluchistan province). Russ. J. Herpetol. 14 (2):137-144 - 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
  • 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
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