Eskandar Rastegar Pouyani

Eskandar Rastegar Pouyani
Hakim Sabzevari University · Department of Biology

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Publications (147)
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Neurergus derjugini is a mountain brook-dwelling newt which is distributed in the mid-Zagros Mountains in the border areas between Iran and Iraq. During extensive fieldwork in spring and summer 2016, two new localities were found for this endangered species in Kurdistan Province, western periphery of the Iranian Plateau. One locality is in Mariwan...
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Platyceps rhodorachis (JAN, 1863) and P. karelini (BRANDT, 1838) are both members of the P. rhodorachis complex species, which is widely distributed in Iran and includes many local populations in the country. These two species are molecularly and to some extent morphologically valid. However, hybrids between P. karelini and P. rhodorachis have been...
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The genus Phrynocephalus Kaup, 1825, includes various species complexes. The Arabian species group (Ph. arabicus, Ph. ahvazicus, Ph. longicaudatus, and Ph. maculatus) is one of these which is distributed in southwest Asia. Phrynocephalus maculatus Anderson, 1872 is a member of the Ph. arabicus group that occurs only on the Iranian Plateau. In the p...
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Eumeces is a little-known group of skinks with few phylogenies published. Within its distribution range, five subspecies were identified for Schneider's Skink (Eumeces schneiderii) based on color pattern, pholidosis, intra- and inter-subspecific relationships, but the validity of these taxa has yet to be assessed using molecular markers. Here, a ro...
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Ecomorphological studies are aimed to find out the relation between the morphology of organisms and their ecology. Many studies on reptile scale microornamentation indicate that it has important functional values. In this study microornamentation and light reflection of scales’ surface among six viperid and two colubrid snake species in relation to...
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We recovered molecular phylogenetic relationships amongst species of the genus Ablepharus in Iran and Iraq. Partial sequences of three mitochondrial genes (cytochrome C oxidase subunit I – COI, 12S rRNA and 16S rRNA) were analysed. In addition, phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic evaluation of Ablepharus species in Cyprus, India, Greece, Turke...
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This checklist includes all recognized lizard species reported from Iran until September, 2020. Based on our annotated checklist, Iran is home to 171 lizard species. These 171 lizard species belonged to ten families and 47 genera. Of 171 recognized lizard species in Iran 101 species (59.06 %) were diurnal, 70 species nocturnal (40.93 %) and 62 spec...
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Spatial gradients of species richness can be shaped by the interplay between historical and ecological factors. They might interact in particularly complex ways in heterogeneous mountainous landscapes with strong climatic and geological contrasts. We mapped the distribution of 171 lizard species to investigate species richness patterns for all spec...
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A new species of Dwarf Snakes, Eirenis rafsanjanicus sp. n., is described from south-central Iran. This species is well distinguished from other congeners in both molecular and morphological characters, and its description increases the number of described Eirenis species to 26. Eirenis rafsanjanicus sp. n. is genetically closest (6% in Cytb) to th...
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The Iranian species of the phyllodactylid geckos of the genus Asaccus are found only in the alleys of the Zagros Mountains, a region which represents an important area of endemism in western Iran. Recently, many relict species have been described from the central and southern parts of the Zagros Mountains, which were previously known as A. elisae....
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To date, at least 72 endemic reptilian species have reported from Iran including the Spider-tailed Viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides), which has a very limited, narrow distribution, and occurs in areas of western Iran and eastern Iraq. The potential distribution of Pseudocerastes urarachnoides in Iran for the present, the past (mid- Holocene and...
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We describe a new species of the genus Eryx Daudin, 1803 from southern Iran that is morphologically closely related to the Indian sand boa, E. johnii. The new species, Eryx sistanensis sp. nov. has a distribution range from Zabol in the Sistan Region to the southern parts of Sistan & Baluchistan, as well as Hormozgan Province of Iran. Morphological...
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The Arabian Horned Viper, Cerastes gasperettii, is distributed along the eastern edge of the Sinai Peninsula south and east across the Arabian Peninsula to Iraq, Kuwait and western Iran comprising two subspecies: Cerastes. g. mendelssohni in the Arava valley (Israel and Jordan) and C. g. gasperettii in the Arabian Peninsula and southwestern Iran. P...
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A new colubrid snake of the genus Eirenis, Eirenis yassujicus sp. n., is described from highlands of central Zagros in Kohgilouyeh & Boyer-Ahmad Province, southern Iran, and increases the number of Eirenis species to 21. Morphologically, E. yassujicus sp. n. is assigned to the subgenus Eirenis (Eirenis) characterised by 17 mid-body scales. The lowe...
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The dwarf geckos of the genus Microgecko Nikolsky, 1907 comprise five recognized species, ranging from western Iran to northwestern India. Iran harbors four species of the genus Microgecko. Until now, all populations of the genus Microgecko with a single pair of the postmental shields (as a key diagnostic character) were assigned to M. helenae. Her...
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The aim of this study was to predict suitable habitat for different clades of Apathya cappadocica in the Middle East. An additional goal was to calculate the ecological niche space of all lineages to determine the hypothesized degree of niche overlap and niche differentiation between these clades in Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. All presence record...
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Taxonomic evaluation is one of the challenges that are being faced by taxonomists. They use different criteria to evaluate taxonomic validity of a given lineage. In the present study, we evaluate different populations of Trapelus agilis in Iran by using morphoecological approach. Our morphological results confirmed separation of T. agilis khuzestan...
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Central and southern Iraq in the area adjacent to and between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, known as Mesopota-mian plain. The Mesopotamian plain is a geological depression filled with rivers sediments which covers the central and southern part of Iraq. It is plain of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, beings north of Baghdad and extends to souther...
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During past years different studies have attempted to describe the tetrapod fauna of Iran, most of which have focused on the herpetofauna. However there is no coherent study of the endemic species of Tetrapoda in Iran. In this study, we provide a list of endemic species of Tetrapoda in Iran, mention their habitat, distribution, their conservation s...
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During past years different studies have attempted to describe the tetrapod fauna of Iran, most of which have focused on the herpetofauna. However there is no coherent study of the endemic species of Tetrapoda in Iran. In this study, we provide a list of endemic species of Tetrapoda in Iran, mention their habitat, distribution, their conservation s...
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A new species of blunt-nosed viper of the genus Macrovipera is described from the central and southern parts of Iran on the basis of morphological and molecular examination. The mitochondrial Cytb gene was used to investigate phylogenetic relationships amongst the Iranian species of the genus Macrovipera. A dataset with a final sequence length of 1...
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The cytogenetic data of Bufo variabilis populations in northwest and southeast of Iran are rare, so, it is highly important to describe the karyotypic details of unexamined populations of variable toads from these regions. In this study, karyotype characteristics of seventeen specimens of B. variabilis were examined. Karyotypes consist of 2n = 22 c...
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Population structuring of a species provide basic information for biological conservation. We investigated the genetic structure of seven populations of Rana pseudodalmatina, an endemic species of the Ranidae inhabiting the Hyrcanian forests in northern Iran, based on the genetic variation of two partial mitochondrial DNA sequences (16S rRNA and cy...
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The Arabian sand boa, Eryx jayakari Boulenger, 1888, is a highly adapted species living mostly in sandy deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and southwestern Iran. In order to reveal the most suitable habitats and determine the most effective environmental factors in distribution of the species through maximum entropy approach (MaxEnt), recorded locali...
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The small scaled rock agama, Paralaudakia microlepis, is an agamid lizard distributed across many parts of the Iranian Plateau. In the present paper, our aim is to study the genetic variability among different populations of this species in Iran. Based on the ND4 mitochondrial gene fragment, we uncovered high levels of genetic variability between t...
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Abstract The genus Pseudocerastes comprises three species of false‐horned vipers: P. fieldi, P. persicus and P. urarachnoides. Pseudocerastes fieldi and P. persicus were once regarded as two subspecies of the same species. Recent morphological, molecular and toxicological studies elevated these two subspecies to species rank. Upon discovery of a t...
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Herein, we describe a new species of spider gecko, Agamura kermanensis sp. nov., from south Kerman, Iran. The new species is distinguished from other species by having long forelimbs and hindlimbs and a high interorbital distance. Agamura kermanensis sp. nov. was discovered in the Faryab region of southern Kerman Province, which has a xeric climate...
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We explored the population systems of Pelophylax bedriagae (Camerano, 1882) in northwestern, western and southwestern Iran. Statistical significance for a hypothesis of sexual dimorphism of the frogs was tested using t-test and multivariate analysis of variances (MANOVA). Due to lack of sexual differences between the male and female frogs, the data...
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The current study investigates patterns in sexual size dimorphism (SSD) and geographic variation in body size of the Mountain brown frog (Rana macrocnemis), collected from 8 locations in mountainous regions of western Iran. In this study we examine 13 morphometric characters to test the pattern of sexual dimorphism in size and shape using bivariate...
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With currently 149 species, Hemidactylus Oken, 1817 is one of the most species-rich genera of the family Gekkonidae. In this study, 50 Hemidactylus persicus and H. romeshkanicus from southern Iran and three specimens of the newly described species H. kurdicus from north-eastern Iraq were screened using sequences of the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene (...
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Herein we present morphological characters of five Eryx jayakari specimens from southwestern Iran and their comparison with other records of this species from its distribution range and with the holotype sample (BMNH 46.1.7.99) from Muscat, Oman.
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A data-set representing 10 of the 14 species of pitvipers in the genus Gloydius was assembled based on the NCBI database to explore the phylogenetic relationships within the genus, with an emphasis on Iranian populations. A fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene was sequenced for 16 specimens of Iranian pitvipers from five locations, and t...
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The Javelin sand boa, Eryx jaculus, is one of the erycid snakes occurring in Iran. In order to investigate sexual dimorphism in this species, 12 morphological characters were examined in 22 adult specimens (10 males and 12 females) from different localities in western Iran. Results showed that the number of sub-caudal scales, the relative tail leng...
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We have described a new species of gekkonid lizard of the genus Tropiocolotes from southern Iran, on the coastal regions of Persian Gulf from Bandar-e Lengeh, Hormozgan province. Tropiocolotes hormozganensis sp. nov. belongs to the eastern clade of the genus Tropiocolotes (wolfganboehmei-nattereri complex) that is distributed in western Asia. It ca...
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Iran is a hot and dry country which receives influences from marine and mountainous environments. Only a few studies have been executed on habitat and distribution of reptiles in this country. In current research, we present ecological niche models (ENMs) for European glass lizard (Pseudopus apodus) in Iran, using as predictors remote sensing and c...
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So far, sexual dimorphism in the A. pannonicus is undocumented. In this survey 72 specimens (40 males and 32 females) of this lizard were collected from Kermanshah Province, western Iran. The uni- and multivariate analyses performed on the morphological data (10 meristic and nine metric characters) revealed that females are larger than males for so...
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A total of 73 Ablepharus bivittatus specimens (34 males and 39 females) collected from two different localities in Iran (East Azerbaijan and Hamedan Provinces) were examined in terms of pholidotic characters, morphometric measurements and color-pattern features. We performed uni and multivariate analyses on the morphological data (six meristic and...
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Mitochondrial COI sequences were used to investigate species delimitation within the genus Bunopus in Iran. A dataset with a final sequence length of 633 nucleotides including 100 specimens from 31 geographically distant localities across Iran were generated. The result demonstrated that two major clades with strong support can be identified within...
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The Gray Toad-headed Agama (Phrynocephalus scutellatus) occurs in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan and is represented in Iran by four distinctive genetic clades. We built distribution models for three of these clades (one clade was not included due to a low number of distribution records) using Maximum Entropy Algorithm in order to determine the cont...
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Species distribution modeling is an important tool that uses ecological data to aid in biological conservation. In the present study we used prediction methods, including maximum entropy (Maxent), to project the distribution of the Persian Spider gecko and the impact of climate change on its distribution in Iran. The results were consistent between...
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The genus Agamura was previously known from four species occurring on the Iranian Plateau, but was recently revised as a monotypic genus that excluded three species. In the present study, we examined different populations of Agamura persica morphologically. We found that A. persica shows geographic variation with respect to two groups, with the eas...
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Polychaetes of 31 species from 17 families (Amphinomidae, Chrysopetalidae, Eunicidae, Glyceridae, Hesionidae, Iphionidae, Lumbrineridae, Maldanidae, Nereididae, Oenonidae, Phyllodocidae, Polynoidae, Sabellidae, Serpulidae, Syllidae, Terebellidae, Trichobranchidae) were studied from five locations around Abu Musa Island, the Persian Gulf. Perinereis...
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We describe a new species of skink in the genus Eumeces Wiegmann 1834 from Iran. Eumeces persicus sp. nov. is a medium sized skink, distinguished by two clear, wide, and brown lateral lines extending from the ear opening to the hindlimbs, with scattered light orange spots, and two median rows of dorsal scales broadly enlarged in eight longitudinal...
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The taxonomic status of species included in the genus Heremites in Iran and Iraq is uncertain. Three of these species have been assigned to the genus based on morphology: Heremites auratus transcaucasica, H. vittatus, and H. septemtaeniatus. We examined the phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic status of the Iranian and Iraqi species of Heremite...
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Geckos of the genus Tropiocolotes are known from Africa through the Middle East to Iran and currently include ten recognized species. Recently Tropiocolotes naybandensis was described from Iran based on morphological data. Here, we confirm the taxonomic status of this species using both molecular and morphological data, and compare it with other po...
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Although the phylogenetic relationship of Western Palearctic brown frogs has been repeatedly studied, the taxonomic status and phylogenetic relationship of Anatolian-Hyrcanian brown frogs is still not fully resolved. Here, we assess the phylogenetic status of these species amongWestern Palearctic brown frogs with special emphasize on Iranian popula...
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Populations of the lesser white-toothed shrew, Crocidura suaveolens, (Pallas, 1811) were investigated using mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (cytb) and morphometric from different localities of Iran. Phylogenetic tree reconstruction using the Bayesian Inference analysis revealed high genetic diversity into four well-supported clades including two ma...
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Mesalina are small lacertid lizards occurring in the Saharo-Sindian deserts from North Africa to the east of the Iranian plateau. Earlier phylogenetic studies indicated that there are several species complexes within the genus and that thorough taxonomic revisions are needed. In this study, we aim at resolving the phylogeny and taxonomy of the M. b...
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We used MaxEnt method as a tool to assess potential distribution for Rana pseudodalmatina Eiselt & Schmidtler, 1971 in regional scale. At the local scale of distribution, we evaluated patterns of sex-biased dispersal in breeding and non-breeding seasons. The MaxEnt model predicted potential suitable habitats for R. pseudodalmatina with high success...
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The aim of this study was to bring new information regarding the feeding of one of the water frog species, Pelo-phylax ridibundus (marsh frog). Field surveys were carried out at 19 locations in 12 Iranian provinces. We examined the food composition of the marsh frog, throughout the distribution rang in Iran. The stomach contents were collected by u...