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A new species of the diurnal gekkonid genus Pristurus Rüppell, 1835 from the Red Sea island Hanish al-Kabir, Yemen

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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.

Affiliations: 1: Staatliche Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden, Museum für Tierkunde, A.B.-Meyer-Bau, Königsbrücker Landstr. 159, 01109 Dresden, Germany; 2: Department of Natural History – Zoology, Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Friedensplatz 1, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany, Email:; 3: Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum A. Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany, Email:


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