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Torki F.,Farhang Torki Ecology and Herpetology Center for Research | Ahmadzadeh F.,Shahid Beheshti University | Ilgaz C.,Dokuz Eylul University | Avci A.,Adnan Menderes University | Kumlutas Y.,Dokuz Eylul University
Amphibia Reptilia | Year: 2011

One new Asaccus from the Anatolian plateau and three new Asaccus from the Iranian plateau are described as follows. (1) Asaccus barani sp. nov.: diagnosed by strongly heterogeneous dorsal tubercles; (2) Asaccus iranicus sp. nov.: diagnosed by small body size and digits (forelimbs) parallel joint to palm; (3) Asaccus tangestanensis sp. nov.: by having enlarged trihedral tubercles all over the dorsal body; (4) Asaccus zagrosicus sp. nov.: secondary postmentals are not in contact with lowerlabials (100% of specimens). Other important data on the new Asaccus are given in detail in the text. © 2011 Brill Academic Publishers.

Torki F.,Farhang Torki Ecology and Herpetology Center for Research
Herpetological Bulletin | Year: 2010

Using univariate and multivariate techniques, I evaluated sexual dimorphism in 12 external characteristics from 36 specimens of the gecko lizard Stenodactylus affinis. For this study, I chose Stenodactylus affinis sampled from northern Persian Gulf littorals. Results obtained from this study are based on 36 specimens (19 females and 17 males) and revealed that female specimens had significantly larger body features than male specimens (P <0.05). Larger body size in female S. affinis is likely a reproductive advantage as females develop two large eggs in the abdomen.

Torki F.,Farhang Torki Ecology and Herpetology Center for Research
Salamandra | Year: 2011

A new keel-scaled gecko, Carinatogecko stevenandersoni sp. n. (Squamata: Gekkonidae) is described from material collected in scattered oak forest habitats of the temperate climatic region on the western slope of the Zagros Mountains in the Delphan region, northern Lorestan province, Iran, in 2007 and 2008. It is a large Carinatogecko (snout-vent length more than 35 mm) that is distinct from all other species of its genus by its scales and tubercles all over body being strongly keeled (except labials, nasals and chin scales); 3-4 postmentals; enlarged tubercles on dorsum, head, limbs; enlarged and trihedral tubercles posterior to the labials; ventral scales smaller than dorsals; dorsal body colour brownish, venter dirty white; dark crossbars on dorsum, limbs, digits, and tail. Some information about the ecology, biology and conservation of the new species is provided. Comparisons with other species of Carinatogecko are presented and a key to the genus is provided. © 2011 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde e.V. (DGHT), Rheinbach, Germany.

Ahmadzadeh F.,Shahid Beheshti University | Flecks M.,Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig | Torki F.,Farhang Torki Ecology and Herpetology Center for Research | Bohme W.,Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

We describe a new species of the genus Cyrtopodion from the coastal area of Bushehr Province in southern Iran based on morphometric and pholidotic data. Cyrtopodion kiabii sp. nov. belongs to the agamuroides-group and the key characters to distinguish this species from all other members of the group are the lower number of ventrals and the extremely slender habitus with long and delicate legs. Resulting from pholidosis, the observed presence of sexual dimorphism, and distribution we suggest a close relationship with C. gastropholis, which is also reviewed herein. Copyright © 2011 Magnolia Press.

Torki F.,Farhang Torki Ecology and Herpetology Center for Research
Herpetological Bulletin | Year: 2011

Spermatogenesis is a complicated process with various factors that influence and control it. I collected a number of male specimens of Trapelus lessonae in three latitudes (during biological activity) that were different in climate. I removed testes for histological survey. H and E staining techniques were used. The results of screening showed three phases of spermatogenesis during biological activity for three different latitudes. Spermatogenesis timing differed in the three latitudes. Timing of spermatogenesis differed in low elevation populations and began earlier than in higher elevation populations.

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