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Trigonodactylus pulcher ANDERSON, 1896

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Beautiful Short-fingered Gecko 
SynonymStenodactylus (Ceramodactylus) pulcher ANDERSON 1896: 19
Stenodactylus pulcher — SCHMIDT 1953: 256
Stenodactylus pulcher — WERMUTH 1965: 177
Stenodactylus pulcher — KLUGE 1993
Stenodactylus pulcher — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Stenodactylus pulcher — BAUER et al. 2013
Trigonodactylus pulcher — NAZAROV et la. 2018
Trigonodactylus pulcher — POLA et al. 2021 

Type locality: Hadramaut, Saudi-Arabia.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Fairly small, up to at least 47 mm from snout to vent; toes depressed with a lateral fringe of pointed scales and 7-9 scale-rows beneath the third toe of forefoot; rostral and upper labial scales reach nostril; preanal pores absent; cloacal tubercles in one or two rows; tail autotomy general; prefrontal projection absent; upper border of prootic not sloping downwards, with a process for attachment of the epipterygoid which is close to skull roof in the protracted skull; usually 26 presacral vertebrae, 5 nuchal ribs; usually 5 basal caudal vrrtebrae; clavicle not expanded [ARNOLD 1980: 381]. 
CommentSynonymy: Nazarov et al. 2018 included Stenodactylus pulcher within their revalidated genus Trigonodactylus. However, they did not include pulcher in their phylogenetic analysis, despite the fact that DNA sequences are available.

Distribution: not in Saudi-Arabia (Lukas Pola, pers. comm., 30 May 2021) 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pulcher” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
  • Anderson, John 1896. A Contribution to the Herpetology of Arabia, with a preliminary list of the reptiles and batrachians of Egypt. London, R. H. Porter, 124 pp. - 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
  • Arnold, E. N. 1977. Little-known geckoes (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Arabia with descriptions of two new species from the Sultanate of Oman. The Scientific Results of the Oman Flora and Fauna Survey, 1975. Journal of Oman Studies, Special Report, (1):81—110 [1975]
  • 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
  • Nazarov, Roman A.; DANIEL A. MELNIKOV, MEHDI RADJABIZADEH & NIKOLAY A. POYARKOV 2018. A new species of short-fingered geckos Stenodactylus (Squamata, Geckonidae) from South Iran with taxonomic notes on validity of the genus Trigonodactylus Hass, 1957. Zootaxa 4457 (1): 093–113 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1953. Amphibians and reptiles of Yemen. Fieldiana Zoology 34: 253-261 . - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Steindachner, Franz 1903. Batrachier und Reptilien von Südarabien und Sokotra, gesammelt während der südarabischen Expedition der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Sitzungsb. Akad. Wiss. Wien, math.-naturwiss. Kl., 112, Abt. 1: 7-14 - get paper here
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