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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Hon Dat Rock Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis aurantiacopes GRISMER & NGO 2007
Cnemaspis aurantiacopes — GRISMER et al. 2014: 43 
DistributionS Vietnam (Kien Giang)

Type locality: Hon Dat Hill, Hon DAt District, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam (10° 06.774’ N, 104° 53.569’ E), 30 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: UNS 49 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis aurantiacopes differs from all other southeast Asian Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 56.5 mm; nine or 10 supralabials; 8–10 infralabials; scales of anterior portion of forearm keeled; smooth ventral scales; no precloacal or femoral pores; a linearly arranged row of tubercles on flanks; dorsal, lateral, and ventrolateral longitudinal rows of caudal tubercles; smooth subcaudals with an enlarged median row; one or two cloacal tubercles; no shield-like subtibial scales; subtibial scales keeled; enlarged, sub-metatarsal scales beneath first metatarsal; 28– 30 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; no distinct, large, dark spots on neck and back; no white markings on flanks; dark caudal bands absent; and posterior 25% of tail not white. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet aurantiacopes, is derived from the Latin adjective aurantiacus meaning ‘‘color saffron’’ and noun “pes”, meaning ‘‘limb’’. Aurantiacopes means ‘‘limbs of saffron’’ referring to the saffron-colored limbs of this species. 
  • Grismer, J.L.; Grismer, L.L. & Chav T. 2010. New Species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Southwestern Cambodia. Journal of Herpetology 44 (1): 28–36 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee & Chan K. Onn 2008. A new species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 1771: 1–15 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee; Chan K. Onn; Nasir, N. & Sumontha, M. 2008. A new species of karst dwelling gecko (genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887) from the border region of Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 1875: 51–68 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; MONTRI SUMONTHA, MICHAEL COTA, JESSE L. GRISMER, PERRY L. WOOD, JR., OLIVIER S. G. PAUWELS & KIRATI KUNYA 2010. A revision and redescription of the rock gecko Cnemaspis siamensis (Taylor 1925) (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Peninsular Thailand with descriptions of seven new species. Zootaxa 2576: 1–55 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. & Ngo, V.T. 2007. Four new species of the gekkonid genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Reptilia: Squamata) from Southern Vietnam. Herpetologica 63 (4): 482-500 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; PERRY JR L. WOOD, SHAHRUL ANUAR, AWAL RIYANTO, NORHAYATI AHMAD, MOHD A. MUIN, MONTRI SUMONTHA, JESSE L. GRISMER, CHAN KIN ONN, EVAN S. H. QUAH, OLIVIER S. A. PAUWELS 2014. Systematics and natural history of Southeast Asian Rock Geckos (genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887) with descriptions of eight new species from Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Zootaxa 3880 (1): 001–147 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Nguyen, H. N., Lu, C. , Chu, J. , Grismer, L. L., Hung, C. and Lin, S. 2018. Historical demography of four gecko species specializing in boulder cave habitat – its implications in the evolutionary dead end hypothesis and conservation. Mol Ecol. doi:10.1111/mec.14985 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, H. N., Lu, C.-W., Chu, J.-H., Grismer, L. L., Hung, C.-M., & Lin, S.-M. 2018. Historical demography of four gecko species specializing in boulder cave habitat - its implications in the evolutionary dead end hypothesis and conservation. Molecular Ecology, (June 2018), 1–13 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, H.N., Hung, C., Yang, M. et al. 2020. Sympatric competitors have driven the evolution of temporal activity patterns in Cnemaspis geckos in Southeast Asia. Sci Rep 10: 27 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Thompson, C. & Thompson, T. 2008. First contact in the Greater Mekong - new species discoveries. WWF, 40 pp. - get paper here
  • WOOD, PERRY JR. L.; EVAN S.H. QUAH, SHAHRUL ANUAR M.S., MOHD ABDUL MUIN 2013. A new species of lowland karst dwelling Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3691 (5): 538–558 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T., RAUHAUS, A., NGUYEN, T.Q. & NGUYEN, K.V. 2015. Südlichster Nachweis von Gekko badenii SZCZERBAK & NEKRASOVA, 1994, mit Bemerkungen zur Herpetofauna der Hon-Me-Auffangstation in der Provinz Kien Giang, Südvietnam. Sauria 37 (2): 3 - 14 - get paper here
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