New Records of the Turkmenian Fat- Tailed Gecko, Eublepharis turcmenicus Darevsky, 1978, From Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran (Squamata: Eublepharidae)

Document Type : Research articles


1 Department of biology, Faculty of science, Golestan University, Gorgan, Iran

2 Damghan Branch, Islamic Azad University


This paper presents the south westernmost record of the Turkmenian Fat- Tailed Gecko, Eublepharis turcmenicus Darevsky, 1978, from Khorasan Razavi province, Iran. Five specimens (three adult females, one adult and one juvenile male) were studied from 15 km southwestern of Azadvar village, about 34 km north western of Joghotai County in Razavi Khorasan province. Morphometric and meristic characters of these specimens, coloration, and habitat of the species are presented in this paper.


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