Pristurus ornithocephalus ARNOLD, 1986
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Birdhead Rock Gecko|
|Synonym||Pristurus ornithocephalus ARNOLD 1986: 371|
Pristurus ornithocephalus — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus ornithocephalus — RÖSLER 1995: 169
Pristurus ornithocephalus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Type locality: Haura (= Al Hawrah), 13°49'N 47°35'E, coast of South Yemen.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199, male (listed as Pristurus carteri collaris non-type in BMNH as of March 2019). Paratypes: BMNH|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium-sized member ofthe Pristurus carteri group (up to 54 mm from snout to vent, but usually less); snout elongated and nearly always acutely pointed; mental markedly shorter than rostral and the lips turned downwards anteriorly in nearly all cases; axillary mite pockets very small or absent; 10-11 lamellae under first hind toe, 18 to 23 beneath fourth. Tailless than 90% of snout-vent distance, its upper crest not strongly heterogeneous and the tip bluntly pointed; autotomy and regenera- tion usually taking place only at the base. Large grey spots not usually present on sides of throat; dark collar across throat weak and interrupted on the mid-line or absent; five or six dark areas, which may be divided, on back from neck to vent, usually none on mid-line at level of forelegs and three or four between the two pairs of limbs. Supraoccipital area of the skull approaching the vertical [ARNOLD 1986].|
|Etymology||named after Greek “ornis” (= bird) and “kephales” (= head), in reference to the sharp beak-like snout of this species.|
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