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Teratoscincus roborowskii BEDRIAGA, 1906

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesChinese: 吐鲁番沙虎 
SynonymTeratoscincus roborowskii BEDRIAGA 1906
Teratoscincus toksunicus WANG 1989: 11
Teratoscincus scincus — KLUGE 1993
Teratoscincus toksunicus — RÖSLER 2000: 118
Teratoscincus roborowskii — RÖSLER 2000: 118
Teratoscincus roborowskii — NAZAROV et al. 2017
Teratoscincus roborowskii — RÖSLER 2018: 22 
DistributionChina (Xinjian Uygur Autonomous Region, Turpan Depression, Turpan Prefecture, elevation from sea level up to 470 m)

Type locality: Oasis of Ssatschsheu (Dunhuang Co., 40 10'N 94 50'E), Gansu Province  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 9155
Holotype: XAU 8951003 [toksunicus] 
CommentSynonymy: Teratoscincus roborowskii has previously been synonymized with Teratoscincus scincus and T. przewalskii. The status of T. toksunicus is unclear (the species is not listed in KLUGE 1993, nor in ZHAO & ADLER 1993, listed by RÖSLER 2000 with a question mark, and not mentioned by MACEY et al. 1999, 2005). R. Macey thinks this is synonymous with T. roborowskii (pers. comm., 2 Mar 2015, by phone).

Distribution: see map in Macey et al. 2005: 189.
NCBI taxonID: 146914 [toksunicus] 
EtymologyNamed after Captain Vladimir lvanovich Roborovski (1856-1910), an explorer of parts of China and Tibet. He accompanied Przewalski on his third and fourth expeditions (1879-1880 and 1883-1885). 
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cooper Jr., W.E. 2005. Duration of movement as a lizard foraging movement variable. Herpetologica 61 (4): 363-372 - get paper here
  • Leptien, Rolf and Wai Lui 1997. Ein Gecko von der alten Seidenstraße im Nordwesten Chinas, Teratoscincus roborowskii Von Bedriaga, 1906. Sauria 19 (2): 3-6 - get paper here
  • Macey, J. R., Anajeva, N.B. & T. J. Papenfuss. 1997. A Taxonomic revaluation of the Gekkonid lizard genus Teratoscincus in China. Russ. J. Herpetol. 4 (1): 8-16 - get paper here
  • Macey, J. Robert; Jonathan J. Fong; Jennifer V. Kuehl; Soheila Shafiei; Natalia B. Ananjeva;Theodore J. Papenfuss and Jeffrey L. Boore 2005. The complete mitochondrial genome of a gecko and the phylogenetic position of the Middle Eastern Teratoscincus keyserlingii. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution <br />36 (1): 188-193 - get paper here
  • Macey, J. Robert; YuezhaoWang; Natalia B. Ananjeva; Allan Larson and Theodore J. Papenfuss 1999. Vicariant Patterns of Fragmentation among Gekkonid Lizards of the Genus Teratoscincus Produced by the Indian Collision: A Molecular Phylogenetic Perspective and an Area Cladogram for Central Asia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 12 (3): 320–332 - get paper here
  • Nazarov, Roman A.;Mehdi Radjabizadeh,Nikolay A. Poyarkov, Jr.,Natalia B. Ananjeva,Daniel A. Melnikov,Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani 2017. A New Species of Frog-Eyed Gecko, Genus Teratoscincus Strauch, 1863 (Squamata: Sauria: Sphaerodactylidae), from Central Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (4): 291-310 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, H. 2018. Haftbar -- Die einzigartige Welt der Geckos. Begleitheft zur Ausstellung im Naturkundemuseum Erfurt Mai-Aug 2018, 96 pp.
  • Wang, G. 1989. A new species of Teratoscincus from Xinjiang, China. J. of August 1st Agri. College 4 (12): 10-14
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Werner, Y.L.; Okada, S.; Ota, H.; Perry, G. & Tokunaga, S. 1997. Varied and Fluctuating Foraging Modes in Nocturnal Lizards of the Family Gekkonidae. Asiatic Herpetological Research 7: 153-165 - get paper here
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