Friday, September 20, 2013

[Herpetology • 2010] Tropiocolotes wolfgangboehmei • A new species of the genus Tropiocolotes (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Central Saudi Arabia

Tropiocolotes wolfgangboehmei
Wilms, Shobrak & Wagner, 2010 

 A new species of the genus Tropiocolotes from central Saudi Arabia is described based on two specimens from the Ath-Thumamah region. The new species is a member of the subgenus Tropiocolotes and belongs to the clade including T. steudneri and T. nattereri. 
Key words. Tropiocolotes sp. n., Ath-Thumama, Saudi Arabia.

Derivatio nominis. This species is named after Prof. Dr.Wolfgang Böhme in honour to his contributions to herpetology during his 39 years as curator of herpetology at the Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig, Bonn and as the academic mentor of two of the authors of the present paper. 

Habitat. The holotype was found near a small village at the border of the Ath-Thumamah area (Kordges 1998). The paratype was found under a stone in a small canyon within the Buwayb-Escarpment which is a cretaceous coral reef consisting of sedimentary rock, mainly lime- and sandstone.

Wilms, Thomas M.; , Mohammed Shobrak & Philipp Wagner 2010. A new species of the genus Tropiocolotes from Central Saudi Arabia (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 275–280.