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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
SubspeciesMediodactylus russowii russowii (STRAUCH 1887)
Mediodactylus russowii zarudnyi (NIKOLSKY 1899) 
Common NamesE: Transcaspian Bent-Toed Gecko, Grey Thin-Toed Gecko
G: Transkaspischer Nacktfingergecko
Chinese: 灰中趾虎 
SynonymGymnodactylus Russowii STRAUCH 1887
Hemidactylus russowi — BOETTGER 1893: 27
Cyrtodactylus russovii — UNDERWOOD 1954: 475 (in error)
Tenuidactylus russowi — SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1984: 54
Cyrtopodion (Mediodactylus) russowi — BÖHME 1985: 96
Mediodactylus russowii — KLUGE 1993
Cyrtodactylus russowii — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Cyrtopodion (Mediodactylus) russowii — RÖSLER 2000: 75
Mediodactylus russowi — MACEY et al. 2000
Mediodactylus russowi — SZCZERBAK 2003
Cyrtopodion (Mediodactylus) russowii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Mediodactylus russowii — BAUER et al. 2013
Cyrtopodion russowii — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013

Mediodactylus russowii russowii (STRAUCH 1887)
Gymnodactylus russowii kopalensis SHNITNIKOV 1928 (fide TERENTJEV & CHERNOV 1949)
Gymnodactylus (Cyrtodactylus) russowii kopalensis — WERMUTH 1965: 66
Tenuidactylus russowi russowi — SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1986: 171
Mediodactylus russowii russowii — KLUGE 1991: 21
Cyrtopodion (Mediodactylus) russowii russowii — RÖSLER 2000: 75
Cyrtopodion russowii russowii — LAMBERT 2002

Mediodactylus russowii zarudnyi (NIKOLSKY 1900)
Gymnodactylus zarudnyi NIKOLSKY 1900: 381
Tenuidactylus russowi zarudnyi — SZCZERBAK 1981: 79
Mediodactylus russowii zarudnyi — KLUGE 1991: 21
Cyrtopodion (Mediodactylus) russowii zarudnyi — RÖSLER 2000: 75
Cyrtopodion russowii zarudnyi — NAZAROV et al. 2010
Mediodactylus zarudnyi — DE LISLE et al. 2013: 168
Mediodactyus russowii zarudnyi — ANAJEVA et al. 2020 (in error) 
DistributionSoviet Union, E Caucasus, eastern border of Caspian Sea eastward through Turkmenistan to eastern Kazakhstan; NE Iran, NW China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan

zarudnyi: SW Turkmeinstan, E Iran; Type locality: “Neizar in Seistano” [probably between Varmal and Chah Nimeh Lake, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, approx. 30.75 N 61.45 E].

Type locality: Mangyshlak, Kazakhstan; “Nowo Alexandrowsk; Chodschent; Mangyschlak; Mursa-Robat; Mohol-Tau; Tschimkent; Brunnen Abdachir; Tschinas; Saamin; Golodnaja Stepe; Utsch-Kurgan at Naryn; Chark-Usjur (all localities in Central Asian Republics of former USSR”; type locality restricted to Nowo Alexandrovsk by Mertens and Wermuth (1960:78) and further restricted to 30 km east of Fort Shevchenko (formerly Fort Alexandrowsk), Kazakhstan, on the Mangyschak Peninsula by SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV [1986:167], but see Zhao & Adler [1993:179] for additional comments)  
TypesLectotype: ZISP (also as ZIL) 3658 adult male, designated by SZCZERBAK & GOLUBEV 1986:167; Syntypes: ZISP (ZIL) 3658 (2), 3659, 3660, 3700 (3), 3701 (2), 4192, 4193 (6), 4194, 4195 (5), 4310 (2), 5037, 5197, 5218, 5224, 5800; CAS 94050-52; USNM 69891-3, FMNH 83501-02
Lectotype: ZISP 9334.1 (designated by Szczerbak & Golubev, 1986) [zarudnyi] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Anterior pair of postmentals separated by one or two scales; no subfemoral tubercles; males with 2-4 preanal pores; subcaudal scales one head-width behind vent smaIl, smooth, not enlarged and plate-like; scattered small keeled tubercles among the large trihedral dorsal tubercles which fonn fairly regular longitudinal rows; tubercles on tail arranged around middle of each caudal segment, not in terminal row of each segment (Anderson 1999: 165). 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after Estonian naturalist Valerian von Russow (1842–1879). 
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