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Saurodactylus elmoudenii JOGER, VOGLER & JAVANMARDI, 2019

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymSaurodactylus elmoudenii JOGER, VOGLER & JAVANMARDI in & JAVANMARDI et al. 2019: 414 
DistributionMorocco (Tafraoute Valley)

Type locality: Tafraoute Valley (29°42’21” N, 8°59’39” W), Morocco.  
TypesHolotype. NHM-BS (given as SNMB) N 60869; collected by Sven Vogler on 10 June 2017. Paratype: SNMB-N 60870; collected by Sven Vogler on 10 June 2017 from Tafraoute Valley (29°42’21” N, 8°59’39” W), Morocco. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Dorsal color light to dark brown, with large light spots with dark margins. Two pattern types: 1) Spots are arranged in two parallel rows; they are smaller and more numerous than the transverse spots in the southeast clade; tail yellowish with dark bands; light bands on head go to neck or shoulder. 2) Spots are distributed irregularly (similar to the southern clade); tail yellow or light brown with dark marble marks; light bands on head do not reach neck (Fig. 3D). Internasals large, broadly in contact. 4 or 5 plates in contact with nostril; i.e., internasals separated from 1st labials by one or two plates. This is an intermediate state between S. slimanii sp. nov. (5 plates bordering nostril) and S. splendidus sp. nov. (4 plates bordering nostril). 
CommentDistribution: for a map see Javanmardi et al. 2019: 405 (Fig. 2).

Only known from two types. 
EtymologyThis taxon is named in honor of El Hassan El Mouden, a colleague of the authors. The name was latinized as El Moudenius and then placed into the masculine singular genitive. 
  • JAVANMARDI, SOHEILA; SVEN VOGLER, ULRICH JOGER 2019. Phylogenetic differentiation and taxonomic consequences in the Saurodactylus brosseti species complex (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae), with description of four new species. Zootaxa 4674 (4): 401–425 - get paper here
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Vogler, S. 2020. Aus eins mach fünf - Neue Echsenfingergeckos der Gattung Saurodactylus aus Marokko. Elaphe 2020 (3): 34-41
  • Vogler, S. 2020. Tafraout revisited - nach 25 Jahren wieder auf Geckosuche im Anti-Atlas. Elaphe 2020 (3): 26-33
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