Tropiocolotes nattereri STEINDACHNER, 1901
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tropiocolotes nattereri?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Tropiocolotes nattereri STEINDACHNER 1901: 326|
Tropiocolotes steudneri PETERS 1869 (part.)
Tropiocolotes nattereri — LOVERIDGE 1947: 51
Tropiocolotes nattereri — WERMUTH 1965: 184
Tropiocolotes steudneri — KLUGE 1993
Tropiocolotes nattereri — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 279
Tropiocolotes (Tropiocolotes) nattereri — RÖSLER 2000: 119
Tropiocolotes nattereri — BAUER et al. 2013
Tropiocolotes nattereri — LIVIGNI 2013: 396
Tropicolotes nattereri — HANDAL et al. 2016 (in error)
Tropiocolotes nattereri — MEIRI et al. 2019
Tropiocolotes nattereri — MACHADO et al. 2020
|Distribution||Egypt (Sinai), SE Israel|
Type locality: “Bir al Mashiya und Nawibi, Golf von Akaba, Sinai”, (probably = Nuweibaa, Egypt, ca. 28°58'26.8"N 34°39'13.8”E / 28.974100, 34.653844, and Bi'r al Mashi, Saudi Arabia, ca. 28°52'30.3"N 34°50'45.9”E / 28.875070, 34.846090).
|Types||Holotype: lost, was ZMB fide Loveridge 1947: 53, but not in ZMB fide Bauer et al. 1991.|
|Diagnosis||Description. Snout short, slightly pointed, longer than the distance between the eye and the ear-opening; latter small, roundish, its diameter about a quarter that of the orbit; rostral as broad as high, with median cleft above; granular scales on snout smooth, larger than those on occiput; nostril between rostral, first labial and 2 nasals, the anterior in contact with its fellow; upper labials 7-9; lower labials 6-8; mental as long as broad; a pair of large postmentals in contact on the median line and forming a suture with the first lower labial only, followed by 1 or 2 pairs of chin shields of which the anterior is in contact with the first and second lower labials followed by slightly enlarged granules posteriorly merging into the gular granules. Back and limbs covered above with large, subequal, smooth or faintly keeled, imbricate scales; ventral scales subequal to dorsal, smooth, imbricate; midbody scale-rows 50-51; males with 1 2 preanal pores; limbs moderately slender, the adpressed hind limb reaching the elbow or nearly to the axilla; tail covered above and below with smooth or faintly keeled, imbricate scales; on either side of the base of tail are 2 white flattened tubercles; tail much longer than head and body (Loveridge 1947: 52).|
Color. Above, sandy buff or brownish; a dark brown streak from nostril through eye to shoulder; occiput and back spotted with dark brown the spots tending to form cross bars, some paler speckling; limbs sparsely spotted; tail with brown cross bars. Below, whitish (Loveridge 1947: 53).
|Comment||Distribution: Not in Libya. Schleich et al. (1996) included a single record of this species from Libya which was based on Schnurrenberger’s (1962) earlier record (actually from N’el Mehershema) and certainly refers to T. steudneri (Bauer et al. 2017). See map in Machado et al. 2020 (Fig. 1). Ribeiro-Júnior et al. 2022 restricted T. nattereri to S Israel and the Sinai, and split off other populations into a new species, T. yomtovi.|
Type locality: Steindachner says in his description that often they only spent “a few hours collecting by the coast” during “short trips", and as they travelled by boat, the type localities appear to be close to the coast.
|Etymology||Named after Johannes Natterer (1787-1843), ornithologist, and custos at the Natural History Cabinet in Vienna. See Bastos & Sa 2011 for further biographical details.|