Pristurus minimus ARNOLD, 1977
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Arnold's Rock Gecko, Least Semaphore Gecko|
|Synonym||Pristurus minimus ARNOLD 1977: 93|
Pristurus minimus — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus minimus — RÖSLER 2000: 106
Pristurus minimus — TAMAR et al. 2019
|Distribution||Oman, S United Arab Emirates, E Yemen, Saudi Arabia|
Type locality: Jazir coast, Oman (18° 30’ N, 56° 30’ E)
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1969.312, female; paratypes: BMNH; Paratypes. BMNH 1969.313, adult female, same data as holotype; BMNH 1975.1017–1025, two adult males, five adult females, two juveniles, between Bai (1⁄4Bawi) and Salalah, Oman, collected by Wilfred Thesiger in February 1947. Previous paratypes BMNH 1971. 1010–1012, BMNH 1975.1033, BMNH 1975.3086–87 collected from Masirah Island should be re-evaluated.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small species of Pristurus from Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, belonging to the Spatalura clade sensu Arnold (2009), characterized by the combination of the following characters: (1) small size (up to 28.4mm from snout to vent); (2) number of lower labial scales 4–5; (3) lateral down-growths of frontal bone not meeting on mid-line; (4) nasal process of premaxilla extending to about level of the anterior margins of orbits; (5) large area of contact between pal- atal sections of the maxillae behind the premaxilla; (6) low presacral vertebral count; (7) reduction of lateral arms of interclavicle; (8) nostril not bordered by rostral scale; (9) tails of males compressed, with sagittal ridges (Tamar et al. 2019: 10).|
|Comment||Behavior: mostly diurnal, b also active during the night.|
Distribution: See map in Burriel-Carranza et al. 2019 for map in UAE.
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