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Distribution of Hemidactylus geckos (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) in Fars Province, Southern Iran. 2011.  Ali Gholamifard, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):1-6(e19).

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On the occurance of ectoparasitic ticks on Trachylepis and Eumeces (Reptilia: Scincidae) in Iran. 2011. Hiva Faizi, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Reza Yarani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):7-10.

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A new record of Eremias montanus, Rastegar-Pouyani & Rastegar-Pouyani, 2001 (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Kudistan Privince, Western Iran. 2011. Zahed Bahmani,  Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Ahmad Gharzi. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):11-14.

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 The natural habitat of Eremias (Eremias) montanus in Badr and Parishan highlands, at about 2460 m elevation. ARC. 5(1):11-14.  Eremais montanus

Summary: In the western regions of the Iranian Plateau in the Zagros Mountains, a single specimen belonging to the genus and subgenus Eremias Fitzinger, 1834 was collected from the highlands of Badr and Parishan. This is the first record of Eremias (Eremias) montanus from Kurdistan Province.

Sexual dimorphism in Trapelus ruderatus ruderatus (Sauria: Agamidae) with notes on the natural history. Bezad Fathinia, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5 (1):15-22.


A new species of Ophiomorus   (Squamata: Scincidae) from Maranjab Desert, Isfahan Province, Iran with a revised key to the genus. 2011. Seyed Mahdi Kazemi, Masood Farhadi Qomi, Haji Gholi Kami, Steven Clement Anderson. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):23-33.

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  A new record of Eremias montanus Rastegar-Pouyani & Rastegar-Pouyani, 2001 (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Kurdistan Province, Western Iran. Amphib. Reptile Conserv. 5(1):11-14.


Summary: A new species, Ophiomorus maranjabensis, is described from Maranjab in the Kavir Desert in Iran. This new species is distinguished from other three-fingered, three-toed species by having parietals in contact posteriorly; prefrontals not in contact with upper labials, 22 scale rows at midbody, a large fifth supralabial, and a long preocular. A revised key to the genus is presented.

Notes on the natural history and distribution of Carinatogecko stevenandersoni Torki, 2011. 2011. Reza Sadeghi, Farhang Torki. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):34-36.

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A brief history and current status of herpetology in Iran. 2011. Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Hiwa Faizi, Hamzeh Oraei, Azar Khosravani, Behzad Fathinia, Nastaran Heidari, Rasoul Karamiani, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):37-46(e25).

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Sexual dimorphism in Carinatogecko heteropholis (Minton, Anderson, and Anderson, 1970) (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Ilam Province, western Iran. 2011. Bezad FathiniaNasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation  5(1):47-53.

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 Male and female Carinatogecko heteropholis


Summary: Sexual dimorphism is a widespread phenomenon in animals, but so far undocumented in Carinatogecko heteropholis. In this study, 52 specimens were collected in Karezan, Ilam province, western Iran. The uni- and multivariate analyses performed on the morphological data revealed that females are larger than males. All of the sexual differences were female-biased, except for the infralabial scales.


Additional information on Misonne's swollen-nose gecko, Rhinogecko misonnei de Witte, 1973 (Squamata, Geckonidae) in Iran. Naeim Moradi, Soheil A. Shafiei, Hadi Fahimi, Siamak Bromand. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):54-60.

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 Morpholgical details of Rhinogecko misonnei


Summary: Three adult specimens of Misonne’s swollen-nose gecko (Rhinogecko misonnei) were collected in the west of Dasht-e-Lut desert in eastern Iran during fieldwork conducted April to August 2009. The new locality of the species is situated about 100 km west of the type locality. Information on habitat, pholidosis, and coloration is given. This record indicates a wider distribution of Rhinogecko misonnei in southeastern Iran.


A new species of Carinatogecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Ilam Province, western Iran. 2011. Behzad Fathinia, Rasoul Karamiani, Hamid Darvishnia, Naghi Heidari, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):61-74.

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 Carinatogecko landscape  Carinatogecko ilamensis sp. nov.

Summary: A new keel-scaled gecko, Carinatogecko ilamensis sp. nov. (Squamata: Gekkonidae), is described from the western foothills of the Zagros Mountains in Ilam Provence, western Iran. Some information about the habitat of C. ilamensis and the role of the Zagros Mountains in the isolation and subsequent evolution of Carinatogecko is provided. An updated key to the genus Carinatogecko is given.

 Analysis of sexual dimorphism in the Persian long-tailed desert lizard, Mesalina watsonana (Stoliczka, 1872; Sauria: Lacertidae). Hamzeh Oraie, Azar Khosravani, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Sayed Kamran Ghoreishi. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5 (1 ):75-87.

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New record of the Western leopard gecko, Eublepharis angramainyu Anderson & Leviton, 1966 (Sauria: Eublepharidae) from southeastern Iran. 2011. Naeim Moradi, Soheila Shafiei. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):88-91(e36).

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 Western leopard gecko landscape  Western leopard gecko

Summary: One adult male specimen of the Western leopard gecko (Eublepharis angramainyu) was collected in southeastern Iran. The new locality of the species is situated about 600 km east of the type locality and indicates a wider distribution of Eublepharis angramainyu on the Iranian plateau than previously thought. Information on morphological characters and habitat is presented.


Sexual size dimorphism in Rana (Pelophylax) ridibunda ridibunda Pallas, 1771 from a population in Darr-Shahr Township, Ilam Province, western Iran. Behzad Fathinia, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Hamid Darvishnia, Hussein Mohamadi, and Hiva Faizi. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):92-97.

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  Rana ridibunda

Summary: Sexual size dimorphism (SSD), was assessed in a population of Rana (Pelophylax) ridibunda ridibunda Pallas, 1771 from Ilam Province, western Iran. Twelve metric characters were measured and statistical analyses showed considerable differences between sexes for measured characters and for each variable the average female value was larger than for males.


Notes on reproduction and conservation of Testudo graeca ibera Pallas 1814 (Reptilia: Testudinidae)in Zagros, western Iran. Reza Sadeghi and Farhang Torki. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):98-104.

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 Testudo graeca iberia 1  Testudo graeca iberia 2

Summary: During longtime fieldwork in the Zagros Mountains, we studied tortoises of the western Iranian plateau. In this paper we focus on Testudo graeca ibera. We present the first information about mating behavior, timing of mating, egg shape, and hatching of this subspecies. In general, our results on reproduction in T. g. ibera are different from previous reports. Additionally, we report anomalous reproductive behavior in T. g. ibera


Book Review of The Wildlife Techniques Manual. Howard O. Clark, JR. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):105-107.

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    Dr. Browne established the Internet based ARC in 2011 and expanded it globally in 2013. Robert is committed to achieving the ARC's goal to provide for the sustainable management of amphibians and reptiles. He has a wide international experience in herpetological conservation and has published over 40 scientific articles on amphibian and reptile conservation. see Biography