Ali GHOLAMIFARD,Nasrullah RASTEGAR-POUYANI and Eskandar RASTEGAR-POUYANI.Rediscovery of Microgecko helenae fasciatus (Schmidtler and Schmidtler, 1972) from Kermanshah Province, Western Iran with Notes on Taxonomy, Morphology, and Habitat[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2015,6(4):339-346.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.150029]
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Rediscovery of Microgecko helenae fasciatus (Schmidtler and Schmidtler, 1972) from Kermanshah Province, Western Iran with Notes on Taxonomy, Morphology, and Habitat
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Asian Herpetological Research[ISSN:2095-0357/CN:51-1735/Q]

2015 VoI.6 No.4
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Rediscovery of Microgecko helenae fasciatus (Schmidtler and Schmidtler, 1972) from Kermanshah Province, Western Iran with Notes on Taxonomy, Morphology, and Habitat
1 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Razi University, 6714967346 Kermanshah, Iran
2 Iranian Plateau Herpetology Research Group (IPHRG), Faculty of Science, Razi University, 6714967346 Kermanshah, Iran
3 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Hakim Sabzevari University, 9617976487 Sabzevar, Iran
Gekkonidae banded dwarf gecko Microgecko helenae fasciatus Zagros Mountains Iran
During extensive field work in the Zagros Mountains, western Iran, from October 2013 to November 2014, twenty five localities in different areas of the Kermanshah Province were investigated. Nineteen specimens of Schmidtler’s dwarf gecko, Microgecko helenae fasciatus, were collected from six localities in western and southeastern regions of the Kermanshah Province. This new collection verifies the presence of M. h. fasciatus in the area after the description of Schmidtler and Schmidtler of the holotype specimen in 1972. All of the collected specimens are consistent with the described specimens in diagnostic characters, as have a uniform dorsal pattern with five distinct dark crossbars and white posterior margins as well as the higher number of dorsal scales between axilla and groin. Detailed morphology of the new specimens is discussed and compared with those of rare previous records. Taxonomy, distribution, and habitat types of this tiny gecko in the western foothills of the Zagros Mountains are also discussed.


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