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Stenodactylus grandiceps HAAS, 1952

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Jordan Short-fingered Gecko 
SynonymStenodactylus grandiceps HAAS 1952
Stenodactylus sthenodactylus SCHMIDT 1939
Stenodactylus grandiceps — WERMUTH 1965: 176
Stenodactylus sthenodactylus grandiceps EISELT 1976
Stenodactylus grandiceps — KLUGE 1993
Stenodactylus grandiceps — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Stenodactylus grandiceps — BAUER et al. 2013
Stenodactylus grandiceps — MOHAMMED et al. 2017 
DistributionN/W Iraq, SE Turkey, N Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria

Type locality: Addaya, 40 km west of Mossul, Iraq.  
TypesHolotype: HUJ 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Medium-sized, up to 55 mm from snout to vent; toes not depressed or fringed, one row of scales beneath; rostral and first upper labial scales reach nostril which is directed forwards and upwards; preanal pores absent; 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 in most cases; 6 nuchal ribs; usually 5 basal caudal vertebrae; clavicle expanded; tail dark, especially in juveniles. Generally similar to S. sthenodactylus but distinguished by forwardly directed nostrils, consistent presence of six nuchal ribs and its relatively short, usually dark tail [ARNOLD 1980]. 
CommentNot listed by Engelmann et al. (1993). 
  • Al-Quran, S. 2009. The Herpetofauna of the Southern Jordan. American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 6 (4): 385-391 [this journal has a dubious record, see]
  • 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
  • Disi, A.M.; Modry, D.; Necas, P. & Rifai, L. 2001. Amphibians and reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 408 pp.
  • Haas, G. 1952. Two collections of reptiles from Iraq, with descriptions of two new forms. Copeia 1952 (1):20—22 - 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
  • 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
  • Sindaco, R.; Serra, G. & Menegon, M. 2006. New data on the Syrian herpetofauna with a newly-recorded species of snake. Zoology of the Middle-East 37: 29-38 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Alberto Venchi, Giuseppe M. Carpaneto, Marco A. Bologna 2000. The Reptiles of Anatolia: a Checklist and Zoogeographical analysis. Biogeographia, 21-2000: 441-554. - get paper here
  • Uca, Onur; Hüseyin Arikan, Kerim Cicek 2017. Blood cell morphology of Turkish gekkonid lizards (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae, Phyllodactylidae). Herpetozoa 30 (1/2): 29 - 37 - get paper here
  • Yıldız MZ. 2020. Herpetofauna of Kilis Province (Southeast Anatolia, Turkey). Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 14(2) [General Section]: 145–156 (e242) - get paper here
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