Taxonomic revision of the Tropiocolotes nattereri (Squamata, Gekkonidae) species complex, with the description of a new species from Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia

Marco Antônio Ribeiro-Júnior, Karin Tamar, Erez Maza, Morris Flecks, Philipp Wagner, Boaz Shacham, Marta Calvo, Philippe Geniez, Pierre André Crochet, Claudia Koch, Shai Meiri

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Abstract

We examined the taxonomy of the minute desert geckos of the Tropiocolotes nattereri species complex using the largest morphological sampling, and the first molecular assessment of intraspecific diversity within this complex. We examined variation in mitochondrial and nuclear markers (12S, ND2, c-mos and MC1R) of 30 samples and analyzed the external morphology of 202 specimens, from across the entire distribution range of the complex from Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. We recognize two species under the name T. nattereri. We thus hereby describe a new species, T. yomtovi sp. n., and we redefine and redescribe T. nattereri, for which we designate a neotype. The species diversity in the genus Tropiocolotes increases to 15.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-309
Number of pages22
JournalZoologica Scripta
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022

Keywords

  • Middle East
  • Palearctic naked-toed geckos
  • Saharo-Arabian reptiles
  • reptiles
  • taxonomy

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