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Hemidactylus pseudoromeshkanicus TORKI, 2019

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus pseudoromeshkanicus TORKI 2019
Hemidactylus pseudoromeshkanicus — KAMALI 2020 
DistributionIran (Khuzestan)

Type locality: western slope of central Zagros Mountains, Kole-Saat region Andimeshk, Khuzestan Province, western Iran, (32°52’N, 48°43’E, altitude 607 m elevation)  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 98578, adult male, collected on 14 June 2010 by Farhang Torki. Paratype: ZFMK 97757, adult female, same data as for holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Hemidactylus, snout-vent length at least 74 mm; tubercles distributed all over the dorsum (except for arms); back with enlarged trihedral keeled tubercles; granules (rather than scales) cover head and extend to neck, and rarely to forelimbs; without femoral pores; precloacal pores present; tubercular heterogeneity present on dorsum (proximal and distal parts), limbs, neck, head, and dorsolateral; six tubercles in all whorls of tail; two postmentals; more lamellae under fingers; subcaudal scale enlarged; ventral scales not imbricate, and the ends of ventral scales are simple (cycloid at mid- part; weakly denticulate at distal and proximal parts of ventral); enlarged scansors beneath fingers, scansors are mostly divided, terminal scansor is single; intermixed color pattern on dorsal body; sexual dichromatism (in both dorsal and ventral body) occurs between male (holotype) and female (paratype). 
CommentSympatry: Asaccus nasrullahi, Cyrtopodion scabrum, and Pseudocerastes fieldi.
EtymologyThe name “pseudoromeshkanicus” is an allusion to its similarity to H. romeshkanicus. The color pattern of this new species appears similar to H. romeshkanicus, but morphological characters do not match this species, therefore the prefix “pseudo” is used for the new species. 
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • Torki F. 2019. Three new species of Hemidactylus Oken, 1817 (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from Iran. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [General Section]: 239–258 - get paper here
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