Ptyodactylus ananjevae NAZAROV, MELNIKOV & MELNIKOVA, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ptyodactylus ananjevae?
|Higher Taxa||Phyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Ptyodactylus ananjevae NAZAROV, MELNIKOV & MELNIKOVA 2013|
Ptyodactylus ananjevae — LIVIGNI 2013: 266
Type locality: southern Jordan, Al Mudawwarah vicinity, 29°20’ N, 35°57’ E.
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 26962, male, Leg. 5 – 6.04.2012 by D. Melnikov (Fig. 4). Paratype. Female ZISP 26963 (Figs. 10 and 11), the same data as holotype.*|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Medium-sized gecko, maximum body size about 80 mm, tail length slightly bigger or equal to the body length. Head narrow with elongated rostral part. Enlarged tubercles on the dorsum are rounded, triangle-shaped, 4 – 6 times larger that surrounding scales, with well developed keels. Enlarged rounded tubercles cover sides of the head in the occipital area. Enlarged tu- bercles well developed on the dorsal parts of proximities. Tail not segmented.|
Ground color of dorsal body side from light beige to reddish tint.
Dorsal pattern formed by small reddish-brownish and light patches of irregular shape (Fig. 11). Larger rounded light patches are distinguished along the vertebra. Pattern of the dorsal side of the head formed by small rounded brick-red patches and light dots. There are 10 – 12 transversal dark wide bands on the tail, width of bands bigger than spaces between them. Ventral side of the tail is white.
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Species named in honor of Natalia Ananjeva, Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg (Russia) in recognition of her contribution to study of Asian lizards. For a short bio see Doronin & Syromyatnikova 2021.|
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