A fortuitous encounter with the invasive gecko, Cyrtopodion scabrum (Heyden,1827) (squamata: Gekkonidae): A new locality of an in the province wilaya of Ouargla, south-east Algeria

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The Rough Bent-toed Gecko Cyrtopodion scabrum (Heyden,1827) is one of the invasive species in Algeria and Northwestern Africa. where was it recorded in Algeria, from the east (Souf) and west (Ghardaïa) of north Sahara. In this note, another new locality of this species in the province wilaya of Ouargla, south-east Algeria. C. scabrum is medium-size adult may reach 4.5±0.8Cm of snout vent length and up to 9.5 ±2Cm total length.

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MOUANE, A. (2022). A fortuitous encounter with the invasive gecko, Cyrtopodion scabrum (Heyden,1827) (squamata: Gekkonidae): A new locality of an in the province wilaya of Ouargla, south-east Algeria. Algerian Journal of Biosciences, 3(2), 091–094. https://doi.org/10.57056/ajb.v3i2.64
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