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Stenodactylus affinis (MURRAY, 1884)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Iranian Short-fingered Gecko 
SynonymCeramodactylus affinis MURRAY 1884: 103
Ceramodactylus affinis — BOULENGER 1885: 14
Ceramodactylus affinis — ANDERSON 1963: 474
Stenodactylus affinis — WERMUTH 1965: 175
Stenodactylus affinis — KLUGE 1993
Stenodactylus affinis — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Stenodactylus affinis — BAUER et al. 2013
Stenodactylus affinis — MOHAMMED et al. 2017 
DistributionSW Iran (Hormozgan, Khuzestan, Bushehr), SE/C Iraq

Type locality: Tanjistan, Persia (= Iran).  
TypesTypes: BMNH 8.23.33; BM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Medium-sized, up to at least 60 mm from snout to vent; toes not depressed, at most slightly fringed, three rows of scales beneath; rostral and sometimes upper labial scales reach nostril which is directed forwards and sometimes upwards and somewhat outwards; preanal pores often present, cloacal tubercles in a single row; autotomy restricted to tail-base; prefrontal projection absent or weak; upper border of prootic sloping downwards to some extent; epipterygoid separated from skull roof in protracted skull; 25 presacral vertebrae; 6 nuchal ribs; 4-6 basal caudal vertebrae; clavicle expanded; tail not dark, but with about 6 to 8 dark bands [ARNOLD 1980: 391].
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
  • Afrasiab, S.R. 1987. First Record of Stenodactylus affinis in Iraq. Lour. Biol. Sci. Res. Baghdad 1 (18): 231-233
  • Alcock, A. W. & FINN,F. 1897. An account of the Reptilia collected by Dr. F.P. Maynard, Captain A.H. McMahon, C.I.E., and the members of the Afghan-Baluch Boundary Comission of 1896. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 65: 550-566 [1896] - get paper here
  • Anderson, S.C. 1963. Amphibians and Reptiles from Iran. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. Ser. 4, 31(16): 417-498 - get paper here
  • Anderson, Steven C 1999. The lizards of Iran. Contributions to Herpetology Volume 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Saint Louis, Missouri: i-vii, 1-442 [review in Copeia 2000 (4): 1144] - get paper here
  • Arnold E N 1980. Reptiles of Saudi Arabia. A review of the lizard genus Stenodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Fauna of Saudi Arabia 2: 368-404
  • BAUER, AARON M.; RAFAQAT MASROOR, JAMES TITUS-MCQUILLAN, MATTHEW P. HEINICKE,, JUAN D. DAZA & TODD R. JACKMAN 2013. A preliminary phylogeny of the Palearctic naked-toed geckos (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) with taxonomic implications. Zootaxa 3599 (4): 301–324 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Fathnia, B.; N. Rastegar Pouyani; M. Sampour; A.M. Bahrami; G. Jaafari 2009. The lizard fauna of Ilam province, Southwestern Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 5 (2) - get paper here
  • Hosseinian-Yousefkhani, Seyyed Saeed, Masoud Yousefi, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani and Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. 2013. A new record of Stenodactylus affinis (Murray 1884) (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Bandar-e-Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Southern Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 9 (1): 87-90 - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Stenodactylus affinis (Iranian short-fingered gecko). Herpetological Review 44 (2): 274 - get paper here
  • Leviton,A.E.; Anderson,S.C.; Adler, K.; Minton,S.A. 1992. Handbook to Middle East Amphibians and Reptiles. SSAR, Oxford, Ohio (Contr. to Herpetol. No. 8), 1-252
  • Mohammed, Rihab Ghaleb; Fadhel Aabbas Rhadi, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani, Seyyed Saeed Hosseinian Yousefkhani 2017. Zoogeography of Lizards Fauna from Central and Southern Iraq with a Checklist of Iraqi Lizard’s Fauna. Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (3): 193-201 - get paper here
  • Murray, J. A. 1884. Additions to the present knowledge of the vertebrate zoology of Persia. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 14: 97-106 - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
  • Torki, Farhang 2010. Notes on sexual size dimorphism in the Iranian Short-fingered Gecko Stenodactylus affinis (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). Herpetological Bulletin (113) - get paper here
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