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Taxonomy of the family Gekkonidae
Bibliography of the genus Altiphylax
Biodiversity of the family Gekkonidae


Asian Mountain Pygmy Geckos

Asiatische Hochland-Geradfingergeckos

Asiatiske Højlands-dværggekkoer

1984 Altiphylax Jeriomtschenko & Szczerbak (type species: Alsophylax tokobajevi Jeriomtschenko & Szczerbak 1984)
1984 Asiocolotes Golubev (type species: Tropiocolotes levitoni Golubev & Szczerbak 1979; syn. Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008)
2003 Altigekko Khan (type species: Cyrtodactylus baturensis Khan & Baig 1992; syn. Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008)
Contents: 5 species, of which 4 (80.0%) are endemic.
Other common names:
Asiocolotes: Asian Dwarf Geckos
Remarks: Previously regarded as a subgenus of Alsophylax (e.g., Szczerbak & Golubev 1996). Raised to genus status by Sindaco & Jeremchenko (2008), who listed seven species in the genus, however stating that the genus contains eight species. The last species is presumably boehmei, which is now considered a synonym of stoliczkai. Altigekko was previously regarded as a valid genus (e.g., Khan 2003, 2006) or as a synonym of Cyrtopodion (e.g., Krysko, Rehman & Auffenberg 2007). Also Asiocolotes was previously regarded as a valid genus by some authors (e.g., Kluge 2001), but as a synonym of Tropiocolotes by others (e.g., Szczerbak & Golubev 1996).
Distribution: Afghanistan, India (Jammu & Kashmir), Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan.

Altiphylax baturensis

Batura Glacier Gecko, Batura Short-toed Gecko



1992 Tenuidactylus baturensis Khan & Baig
Cyrtodactylus baturensis Khan 1999
Mesodactylus baturensis Khan 1999
Altigekko baturensis Khan 2003
Cyrtopodion baturensis Krysko, Rehman & Auffenberg 2007
Altiphylax baturensis Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008

Remarks: Considered a possible synonym of stoliczkai by Szczerbak & Golubev (1996), but as a valid species by others (e.g., Auffenberg, Krysko & Auffenberg 2004; Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008). Validity confirmed by Auffenberg, Krysko & Rehman (2010). Although reported from India (Das 1997), there are no confirmed records from the country (Venugopal 2010).
Distribution: Pakistan.

Altiphylax levitoni

Afghan Dwarf Gecko, (Leviton's Dwarf Gecko)

Afghanischer Geradfingergecko

Afghansk Dværggekko

1979 Tropiocolotes levitoni Golubev & Szczerbak
Asiocolotes levitoni Kluge 1991
Altiphylax levitoni Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008

Distribution: Afghanistan.

Altiphylax mintoni

Swati Pygmy Gecko, Swati Plump-bodied Gecko, Plump Swati Gecko, (Minton's Thin-toed Gecko, Minton's Bent-toed Gecko)



1981 Gymnodactylus mintoni Golubev & Szczerbak
Tenuidactylus mintoni Szczerbak & Golubev 1984
Gonydactylus mintoni Kluge 1991
Cyrtodactylus mintoni Khan 1993
Cyrtopodion mintoni Anderson 1999
Siwaligekko mintoni Khan 2003
Altiphylax mintoni Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008

Distribution: Pakistan.

Altiphylax stoliczkai

Karakoram Rock Gecko, Karakoram Bent-toed Gecko, Kashmir Rock Gecko, Ladakhian Gecko, Baltistan Gecko, (Stoliczka's Thin-toed Gecko)



1869 Gymnodactylus stoliczkai Steindachner
Cyrtodactylus stoliczkai Underwood 1954
Tenuidactylus stoliczkai Szczerbak & Golubev 1984
Gonydactylus stoliczkai Kluge 1991
Cyrtopodion stoliczkai Anderson 1999
Mesodactylus stoliczkai Khan 2000
Altigekko stoliczkai Khan 2003
Altiphylax stoliczkai Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008
1872 Cyrtodactylus yarkandensis Anderson (Das, Raha, Mitra & Bag 2017)
Tenuidactylus yarkandensis Khan 1994
Mesodactylus yarkandensis Khan 2003
Altigekko yarkandensis Khan 2003
Cyrtopodion yarkandensis Krysko, Rehman & Auffenberg 2007
Altiphylax yarkandensis Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008
1991 Alsophylax boehmei Szczerbak (Auffenberg, Krysko & Auffenberg 2004)
Mesodactylus boehmei Khan 2003
Altigekko boehmei Khan 2003

Other common names:
boehmei: Böhme's Mountain Gecko
Remarks: Previously included Mediodactylus walli. Erroneously recorded from China (Zhao & Adler 1993; Szczerbak & Golubev 1996). Masroor (2012) listed boehmei as a valid species. Status of yarkandensis has been disputed. It has been regarded as a synonym of stoliczkai by several authors (e.g., Wermuth 1965; Szczerbak & Golubev 1986), but was revalidated by Khan (1994). Nevertheless, Auffenberg, Krysko & Auffenberg (2004) still suspected it to be a synonym of stoliczkai, which was confirmed by Das, Raha, Mitra & Bag (2017), who published additional evidence. The type locality is "Yarkand" (Xinjiang, China), but Blanford (1878) stated that it was most probably collected at Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir, India), however, this needs confirmation.
Distribution: India (Jammu & Kashmir), Pakistan.

Altiphylax tokobajevi

Tien Shan Pygmy Gecko


Tien Shan-dværggekko

1984 Alsophylax tokobajevi Jeriomtschenko & Szczerbak
Altiphylax tokobajevi Sindaco & Jeremchenko 2008

Distribution: Kyrgyzstan.