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Pristurus gallagheri ARNOLD, 1986

IUCN Red List - Pristurus gallagheri - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Gallagher’s Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus gasperetti gallagheri ARNOLD 1986
Pristurus gallagheri — VAN DER KOOIJ 2001
Pristurus gasperetti gallagheri — RÖSLER et al. 2008
Pristurus gallagheri — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Pristurus gallagheri — ARNOLD 2009 
DistributionN Oman (450-1830 m elevation)

Type locality: near Tabaqah, Wadi Sahtan, 23°23'N 57°18'E, 450 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1985.568, M. D. Gallagher, 30.III.1984; Paratypes: BMNH (gallagheri) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from the nominate form of Pristurus gasperetti by its longer tail (over 1.5 times snout-vent distance), which is lower and less compressed in males with a less developed dorsal crest that does not extend forwards to the level of the vent. The ventral crest is scarcely developed and does not consist of a single continuous sequence of enlarged scales. The body shows no sign of lateral compression and the neural spines do not form a ridge along the back in males. In preserved material, the flanks more obviously bear a pattern of longitudinal dark streaks interrupted by pale spots. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type series, Michael D. Gallagher. 
  • ACKERMANN, T. & ZWANZIG, B.-M. 2019. Zur Haltung und Vermehrung von Pristurus gallagheri (Arnold, 1986) im Terrarium. Sauria 41 (4): 41 - 51 - get paper here
  • Arnold E N 1986. New species of semaphore gecko (Pristurus: Gekkonidae) from Arabia and Socotra. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 8: 352-377
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Carranza S, Xipell M, Tarroso P, Gardner A, Arnold EN, Robinson MD, et al. 2018. Diversity, distribution and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles of Oman (Sauropsida, Squamata). PLoS One 13 (2): e0190389 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, H.; Köhler, J. & Böhme, W. 2008. A new species of the diurnal gekkonid genus Pristurus Rüppell, 1835 from the Red Sea island Hanish al-Kabir, Yemen. Amphibia-Reptilia 29: 217-227 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • van der Kooij, Jeroen 2001. The herpetofauna of the Sultanate of Oman: Part 2: the geckoes. Podarcis 1 (4): 105-123 - get paper here
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