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Cnemaspis neangthyi GRISMER, GRISMER & CHAV, 2010

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Neang Thy’s Rock Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis neangthyi GRISMER, GRISMER & CHAV 2010
Cnemaspis neangthyi — GRISMER et al. 2014: 42 
DistributionCambodia (Pursat: NW Cardamom Mountains)

Type locality: outside the village of O’lakmeas, Pursat Province, Cambodia (12°19.433’N, 103°30.6059’E.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 8485, adult male, collected in June 2007 by JLG, LLG, CT, and Neang Thy at approximately 2030 h. Paratypes.—All paratypes (LSUHC 8478, 8515, 8516, 8517) were collected at the same locality in June 2007. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis neangthyi differs from all other Southeast Asian species of Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 54.0 mm; supralabials 11–13; infralabials 11 or 12; forearm scales keeled; ventral scales smooth; femoral pores absent; two preanal pores (when present) contiguous; no linearly arranged tubercles on flanks; lateral caudal tubercles present; ventrolateral caudal tubercles present anteriorly; caudal tubercles not restricted to a single paravertebral row on each side; subcaudals not keeled; no single median row of keeled subcaudals; caudal tubercles encircle tail; enlarged median subcaudal scale row of smooth scales present; postcloacal spurs present; shieldlike subtibial scales absent; subtibial scales smooth; no enlarged submetatarsal scales beneath first toe; 22–25 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe; no white markings on flanks; no distinct large dark spots on neck; dark caudal bands present; light-colored chevron marking between the shoulders present; and tail tip white with black speckling. 
EtymologyNamed after Neang Thy of the Department of Nature Conservation and Protection (DNCP) of Ministry of Environment, Cambodia for his important contributions to the herpetofauna of Cambodia and his untiring efforts and personal sacrifice to support conservation research in his country. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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.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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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