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Microgecko latifi (LEVITON & ANDERSON, 1972)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Latifi's dwarf gecko 
SynonymTropiocolotes latifi LEVITON & ANDERSON 1972
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) latifi — GOLUBEV 1984
Microgecko latifi — KLUGE 1993
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) latifi — RÖSLER 1995: 161
Tropiocolotes latifi — FRYNTA et al. 1997
Tropiocolotes (Microgecko) latifi — RÖSLER 2000: 118
Microgecko latifi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Microgecko latifi — BAUER et al. 2013 
DistributionIran (Kirman, Zagros Mountains, Fars Province [HR 27: 153], Markazi)

Type locality: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 134365 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Internasals enlarged, in contact, followed by an additional pair ofenlarged shields twice as large as succeeding scales (Fig. 83A in Anderson 1999: 193); no postmentals (Fig. 83B), mental rounded behind, bordered by 8 granules; about 75 dorsal scales from axilla to groin; nostril surrounded by four scales (Anderson 1999: 193, as Tropiocolotes). 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 and GHOLAMIFARD et al 2019: 436 (Fig. 1) for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Mahmoud Latifi. 
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  • GHOLAMIFARD, ALI; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, AZAR KHOSRAVANI, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, HAMZEH ORAEI 2016. A new species of the genus Microgecko Nikolsky, 1907 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from southern Iran. Zootaxa 4093 (1): 026–040 - get paper here
  • Golubev, M. L. 1984. The structure of the genus Tropiocolotes (Reptilia:, Gekkonidae). [In Russian]. Vestnik Zoologii, Kiev 1984 (6): 12
  • Hosseinzadeh, M. S., Fois, M., Zangi, B., & Kazemi, S. M. 2020. Predicting past, current and future habitat suitability and geographic distribution of the Iranian endemic species Microgecko latifi (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Journal of Arid Environments 183: 104283 - get paper here
  • Kami, Haji Gholi;Vakilpoure, Ebrahim 1996. Geographic Distribution. Tropiocolotes latifi. Herpetological Review 27 (3): 153 - get paper here
  • Leviton, A. E., and S. C. Anderson. 1972. Description of a new species of Tropiocolotes (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) with a revised key to the genus. Occ. Pap. Cal. Acad. Sci. (96):1—7 - get paper here
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