Morphometric Study of Hemidactylus Geckos (Squamata:Gekkonidae) in Iran

Document Type : Research articles


1 Ferdowsi university of Mashhad

2 Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 Department of Biology, Faculty of science, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran

4 Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Razi University, 6714967346 Kermanshah, Iran


So far, four species of Hemidactylus have been reported in Iran as follows: H. persicus, H. robustus, H. flaviviridis, H. romeshkanicus. In this study, 108 specimens belonging to these four species of Hemidactylus were examined morphologically, using 19 metric and 6 meristic characters. Multivariate analyses showed morphological differences among these three species with exception H. romeshkanicus which was found to be indistinguishable from the specimens of H. persicus, especially in the DFA analysis. In spite of, grouping the holotype of H. romeshkanicus with population of H. persicus especially in DFA analyses and presences of high intraspecific variation among populations of H. persicus complex, we could not definitely decide about the taxonomic status of H. romeshkanicus with only one specimen. But we suggest that latter species probably belongs to a local populations inside H. persicus complex.