A genus of seven small species from Central Asia. The snout-vent length of these geckos is normally no more than 4cm. Little is known of their ecology or reproductive habits, and I have so far found no books giving details of their captive care.
|Scientific Name||Common Name||Distribution||Size||Notes|
|A. boehmi||Böhme's Mountain Gecko
|Iran, Pakistan||?"||According to Szcerbak and Golubev, S Minton reported that these geckos were found inhabiting rocky outcroppings among dunes. Scalation: 12 supralabials; 11 infralabials; pair of postmentals followed by much smaller pair of scales. 17-21 ventral rows: nasals bulbous: row of 9-12 enlarged scales on lower surfaces of thighs: 5-6 well-developed preanal pores. Several scales along the lower surface of the tail (in 2 each of 3 longitudinal rows) are enlarged. Coloration: 5 dark brown transverse bands on the body and 8-10 on the tail. Ventrally white.|
|A. laevis||Farsian Spider Gecko||Iran (Fars Province)||6-10"||Scalation: 12-14 supralabials; 9-10 infralabials; mental scale pentagonal or triangular, followed by 3 pairs of postmentals. 14-18 ventral rows: nasals somewhat bulbous, 1st nasals separated from each other by 3 scales:: row of 18-20 enlarged scales across the top of the head: 4 well-developed preanal pores. Scales homogenous on lower surfaces of thighs. Subdigital lamellae 22-24. Coloration: 5-7 dark transverse bands each on body and tail, with indistinct dark stripes on limbs. Ventrally whitish.|
|A. loricatus||Misonne's Spider Gecko||Iran, Pakistan||?"||Scalation: 9-12 supralabials; 8-11 infralabials; mental pentagonal, followed by single pair of large postmentals. 26-28 ventral rows: nasals very bulbous and extended into "tubes": 16 scales across head; 4-8 poorly-developed preanal pores. Longitudinal row of 3 larger scales on the underside of a single segment near the base of the tail; large quadrangular plates further down tail, 2 per segment. Coloration: dorsally coffee-grey; 5 wide transverse bands on body, 7 on tail. Limbs have small dark bands. Dark brown spots on lips and rostral scale. Ventrally whitish.|
|A. l. loricatus|| || || || |
|A. l. szczerbaki|| || || || |
|A. pipiens||Persian Spider Gecko||Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan||?"||Scalation: nasal scales slightly bulbous. 9-12 supralabials, 12-16 infralabials, 2-4 lightly defined preanal pores, 30-50 ventral scale rows. Subdigital lamellae 16-24. If postmentals absent, then mental scale is bordered by 3-6 gular scales. First nasal scales separated by 2-5 scales. 21-27 scales across head. Coloration: ochrish, with indistinct pattern on head and 5-7 dark M-shaped transverse bands, on body, of which first two are most distinct. Ventrally light [NB Szczerbak and Golubev note that these specimens were fixed in alcohol, hence living specimens may appear somewhat different in colour].|
|A. przewalskii|| || || || |
|A. tadjikiensis|| || || || |
|A. tokobajevi|| || || || |
Gecko Fauna of the USSR and Contiguous Regions, N N Szczerbak and M L Golubev, SSAR 1996 (Russian-language original Kiev 1986).
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