Thursday, June 23, 2011

[Herpetology • 2011] Cyrtopodion kiabii • angular-toed Gecko from southern Iran

Cyrtopodion kiabii, Ahmadzadeh, Flecks, Torki & Bohme, 2011

We describe a new species of the genus Cyrtopodion from the coastal area of Bushehr Province in southern Iran based on morphometric and pholidotic data. Cyrtopodion kiabii sp. nov. belongs to the agamuroides-group and the key characters to distinguish this species from all other members of the group are the lower number of ventrals and the extremely slender habitus with long and delicate legs. Resulting from pholidosis, the observed presence of sexual dimorphism, and distribution we suggest a close relationship with C. gastropholis, which is also reviewed herein.

Ahmadzadeh, F., Flecks, M., Torki, F. & Bohme, W. 2011. "A new species of angular-toed gecko, genus Cyrtopodion (Squamata: Gekkonidae), from southern Iran." Zootaxa 2924: 22-32.: