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  Supporting the Sustainable Management of Amphibian and Reptile Biodiversity

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Nasrullah Rastegar Pouyani 


Prof. Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani completed his B.S. in Zoology at Razi University Kermanshah, Iran in 1986 and his M.S. in Zoology from Tehran University, Tehran, Iran in 1991, where he studied herpetology with the agamids as the central object. He started his Ph.D. in Gothenburg University, Sweden in 1994 under the advisement of Professor Göran Nilson and graduated in 1999, working on taxonomy and biogeography of Iranian Plateau agamids with Trapelus as the main object. Since 1996, he has reported numerous new taxa of lizards (mainly geckonids, agamids and lacertids) from the Iranian Plateau.  His research interests include taxonomy and biogeography of the Iranian Plateau, the Middle East and Central Asian herpetofauna. At the time being, he is supervising several MSc and some PhD students at Razi University, Kermanshah. Nasrullah co-manages the Conservation Breeding Program for two species of Critically Endangered newts in Iran, the Kurdistan newt (Neurergus microspilotus) and the Loristan newt (N. kaiseri).

New localities of the Kurdistan newt Neurergus microspilotus and Lake Urmia newt Neurergus crocatus (Caudata: Salamandridae) in Iraq. 2013. Al-Sheikhly OF, Nader IA, Rastegar-Pouyani N, Browne RK Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 6(4): 42–49 (e68).


Ecology of Kurdistan newt (Neurergus microspilotus: Salamandridae): Population and conservation with an appraisal of the potential impact of urbanization. 2013. Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Mohsen Takesh, Akbar Fattahi, Marzieh Sadeghi, Fatemeh Khorshidi, and Robert Browne. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 6(4):30-35(e58).


A new species of Carinatogecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Ilam Province, western Iran. 2011. Behzad Fathinia, Rasoul Karamiani, Hamid Darvishnia, Naghi Heidari, and Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):61-74(e33).  


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(e21). 
On the occurance of ectoparasitic ticks onTrachylepis and Eumeces(Reptilia: Scincidae) in Iran. 2011.Hiva Faizi, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Reza Yarani. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(1):7-10(e20). 

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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 Nasrullah Rastegar Pouyani

Prof. Nasrullah Rastegar Pouyani  - President

Prof. Rastegar Pouyani is a highly respected expert on the herpetofauna of the Iranian Plateau, the Middle East and Central Asia.


 Omar F. Al-Sheikhly

Omar Al-Sheikhly Vice-President/ ARCME Networking

Omar Al-Sheikhly has a proven conservation record in the Middle East as a field team leader, wildlife expert, and photographer.