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Subfamily GEKKONINAE - "True" Geckos


Genus ALSOPHYLAX - Pygmy Geckos

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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