Amphibia-Reptilia 29 (2008): 217-227 A new species of the diurnal gekkonid genus Pristurus Rüppell, 1835 from the Red Sea island Hanish al-Kabir, Yemen Herbert Rösler 1 , Jörn Köhler 2 , Wolfgang Böhme 3 Abstract. We describe a new species of gecko of the genus Pristurus from the Yemenite Red Sea Island Hanish al-Kabir. It is a small species (snout-vent length less than 30 mm) of the genus, distinguished from its congeners by a unique combination of morphological characters. Superficially, it is most similar to P. rupestris , but differs mainly by a longer and narrower snout, by its strongly compressed tail, presence of a lateral caudal groove, by a tail crest present in both sexes, by a higher number of scales bordering infralabials and a higher midbody scale count. The new species is tentatively considered to represent an island endemic. Its possible origin is briefly discussed. Introduction The gekkonid genus Pristurus Rüppell, 1835 is currently considered to comprise about 23 valid species (e.g. Rösler and Wranik, 1999; Geniez and Arnold, 2006), which are mainly distrib- uted in Northeast Africa, the Arabian Penin- sula and adjacent Southwest Asia. A remark- able radiation obviously occurred on the So- cotra
Amphibia-Reptilia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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