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Misonne’s Spider Gecko - Rhinogecko misonnei

Also known as Misonne’s Swollen-nose Gecko, Rhinogecko misonnei (Gekkonidae) was first described in 1973 from Dasht-e-Lut, a large salt desert in southeastern Kerman, Iran. However, no other specimens were available until 2009 when three specimens were collected.

These geckos have nasal shields distinctly swollen and erect, forming a short tube-like structure. The dorsum is gray, light brown to gray-brown, with five broad dark brown crossbars, seven on tail; the limbs have broad brown bars less dark than those of body and tail; it has anterior labial scales with dark brown spots, and the venter is whitish.

This species is poorly known and only from the type locality in southeastern Iran, and also has been reported from Pakistan.

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Photo credit: ©Omid Mozaffari (CC BY 2.0) | Locality: not indicated (2013) | [Top] - [Middle] - [Bottom]

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