Open main menu

Altiphylax stoliczkai, also known as the frontier bow-fingered gecko, Baltistan gecko, or Karakorum gecko is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The species is endemic to South Asia.

Altiphylax stoliczkai
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Altiphylax
A. stoliczkai
Binomial name
Altiphylax stoliczkai
(Steindachner, 1867)
Cyrtopodion stoliczkai distribution.png
  • Gymnodactylus stoliczkai
    Steindachner, 1867
  • Cyrtodactylus stoliczkai
    Underwood, 1954
  • Tenuidactylus stoliczkai
    Szczerbak & Golubev, 1984
  • Gonydactylus stoliczkai
    Kluge, 1991
  • Mesiodactylus stoliczkai
    M.S. Khan, 2000
  • Cyrtopodion stoliczkai
    H. Rösler, 2000
  • Altigecko stoliczkai
    — M.S. Khan, 2003
  • Altiphylax stoliczkai
    Sindaco & Jeremčenko, 2008


The specific name, stoliczkai, is in honor of Moravian zoologist Ferdinand Stoliczka.[2]

Geographic rangeEdit

It is found in India (Kashmir, Karoo/Dras, Ladakh) and western China.[3] The type locality given by Steindachner is "bei Karoo, nördlich von Dras, Kashmir ".[3]


Most authorities, most recently Bauer et al. 2013, now consider the Böhme's mountain gecko to be a subspecies of this species.[4]


  1. ^ "Altiphylax stoliczkai (STEINDACHNER, 1867)". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Cyrtodactylus stoliczkai, p. 255).
  3. ^ a b "Altiphylax stoliczkai ". The Reptile Database.
  4. ^ Bauer AM, Masroor R, Titus-McQuillan J, Heinicke MP, Daza JD, Jackman TR (2013). "A preliminary phylogeny of the Palearctic naked-toed geckos (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) with taxonomic implications". Zootaxa 3599 (4): 301-324.

Further readingEdit

  • Shcherbak NN (1991). "Eine neue Gecko-Art aus Pakistan: Alsophylax (Alsophylax) boehmei sp. nov." Salamandra 27 (1): 53-57. (in German).
  • Shcherbak NN, Golubev ML (1996). Gecko fauna of the USSR and contiguous regions. SSAR (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles). (English translation of Russian original published in 1986).
  • Anderson J (1872). "On some Persian, Himalayan, and other Reptiles". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1872: 371-404.
  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume I. Geckonidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII. ("Gymnodactylus stoliczkæ [sic]", pp. 30–31).
  • Boulenger GA (1890). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. ("Gymnodactylus stoliczkæ [sic]", pp. 63–64).
  • Ingoldby CM (1922). "A new stone gecko from the Himalaya". J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 28: 1051. (Gymnodactylus walli, new species).
  • Khan Muhammad S.; Rösler, Herbert (2000). "Redescription and generic redesignation of the Ladakhian gecko Gymnodactylus stoliczkai Steindachner, 1969 [1867]". Asiatic Herpetological Research 8 [1999]: 60-68.
  • Khan MS (2000). "Redescription and generic redesignation of Gymnodactylus stoliczkai Steindachner, 1867". Pakistan J. Zool. 32 (2): 157.
  • Smith MA (1935). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. II.—Sauria. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 440 pp. + Plate I + 2 maps. (Gymnodactylus stoliczkai, pp. 57–58).
  • Steindachner F (1867). "Reptilien ". pp. 1–98. In: von Wüllerstorf-Urbair B (1867) ["1869" on title page]. Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wüllerstorf-Urbair (Zoologie), [Vol. 1, part 3]. Vienna: K. Gerold's Sohn/Kaiserlich-Königl. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei. (Gymnodactylus stoliczkai, new species, pp. 15–16). (in German).

External linksEdit