Thursday, May 21, 2009

Identification Revisions

The lack of proper identifications for the Egyptian herps has been weighing on my mind, so I did a little bit of research and wanted to update the blog with the new information and make it more thorough and professional.

Starting at the bottom of my first Egyptian herps post and moving up through the more recent post:

The gecko found under a stone in a ditch in Aqaba is indeed a different specie--

Cryptopodion scaber (Keeled rock gecko or rough-skinned gecko)

The geckos found on the dunes in Nuweiba are as previously described--Stenodactylus petrii (Anderson's short-fingered gecko, a.ka. dwarf sand gecko)

The faster lizard that got away in Nuweiba and wasn't photographed-- Acanthodactylus scutellatus (Fringe-toed sand lizard)

The gecko photgraphed from a distance on a wall in Saqqara is still unknown-- Possibly a specie of fan-fingered geckos.

The geckos seen on the ceiling by fluorescent lights in Luxor are still unknown--Perhaps an introduced specie or maybe even a couple fan-fingered's as well.

The guy trapped in the cup that was caught by my hotel in Nuweiba--
Hemidactylus turcicus (Turkish gecko, a.k.a Mediterranean gecko)

The little, terrestrial gecko found in Giza by the pyramids--
Tropiocolotes steudneri (Steudner's Gecko)

The lizard found near Mount Sinai--
Mesalina brevirostris (Small-spotted lizard)

The skinks running around the bushes in Luxor--
Mabuya quinquetaeniata (Bean Skink)

Ahh, it's good to get that off my mind. It would make things much easier if I just had a field guide (for both Egypt and Jordan), but those seem hard to come by here. Good thing for Internet. Anyway, hope this is interesting. Devin, you need to post your new finds. After that, I'll post some Jordanian species. Happy herping!

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