Saurodactylus elmoudenii JAVANMARDI, VOGLER & JOGER, 2019
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|Higher Taxa||Sphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Saurodactylus elmoudenii JAVANMARDI, VOGLER & JOGER 2019: 414|
|Distribution||Morocco (Tafraoute Valley)|
Type locality: Tafraoute Valley (29°42’21” N, 8°59’39” W), Morocco.
|Types||Holotype. 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.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. 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).|
|Comment||Distribution: for a map see Javanmardi et al. 2019: 405 (Fig. 2).|
Only known from two types.
|Etymology||This 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.|
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