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Pristurus saada ARNOLD, 1986

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Yemen Rock Gecko 
SynonymPristurus saada ARNOLD 1986: 369
Pristurus saada — KLUGE 1993
Pristurus saada — RÖSLER 2000: 106 
DistributionNW Yemen

Type locality: Saada (= Sa'dah, 16°57'N 43° 46'E), Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1963.675 (male), listed as Pristurus carteri non-type in BMNH as of March 2019; Paratypes: BMNH, MF 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The smallest member of the Pristurus carteri group (only up to about 41 mm from snout to vent); snout short and rounded; mental not markedly shorter than rostral and lips not turned down- wards anteriorly; axillary mite pockets often large, scattered enlarged scales usually present on flanks; 6-8(9) lamellae present under first hind toe, 13-15 beneath fourth. Tail more than 90% of snout- vent distance in males, the tip pointed, its dorsal crest rather heterogeneous being made up of large and small scales; autotomy and regeneration not confined to the base. Often quite large grey spots at sides of throat; a strong dark collar present across throat in males and most females; usually seven dark areas, which may be divided, on back from neck to vent, one of these at level of forelimbs and four between the two pairs of limbs. Supraoccipital area of skull sloping forwards (ARNOLD 1986). 
Etymologynamed after its type locality. 
  • Arnold E N 1986. New species of semaphore gecko (Pristurus: Gekkonidae) from Arabia and Socotra. Fauna of Saudi Arabia 8: 352-377
  • Arnold, E.N. 2009. Relationships, evolution and biogeography of Semaphore geckos, Pristurus (Squamata, Sphaerodactylidae) based on morphology. Zootaxa 2060: 1-21 - 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
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Riccardo Nincheri, Benedetto Lanza 2014. Catalogue of Arabian reptiles in the collections of the “La Specola” Museum, Florence. Scripta Herpetologica. Studies on Amphibians and Reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza: pp. 137-164 - get paper here
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