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Cnemaspis nuicamensis GRISMER & NGO, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Nui Cam Hill Rock Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis nuicamensis GRISMER & NGO 2007
Cnemaspis nuicamensis — GRISMER et al. 2014: 46 
DistributionS Vietnam (An Giang)

Type locality: Nui Cam Hill, Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, Vietnam (10° 29.775’ N, 105° 00.441’ E), 100 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: UNS 37 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis nuicamensis differs from all other southeast Asian Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 47.5 mm; 8 supralabials; 6 or 7 infralabials; scales of anterior portion of forearm weekly keeled; smooth ventral scales; no femoral pores; 4–6 precloacal pores; no linearly arranged row of tubercles on the flanks; caudal tubercles restricted to a single paravertebral row on each side of the midline and an anterior, ventrolateral row; subcaudals smooth with a slightly enlarged median row; two cloacal tubercles; no shield-like subtibial scales; subtibial scales smooth; enlarged sub- metatarsal scales beneath first metatarsal; 30–32 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; no distinct, large, dark spots on neck and back; no white markings on flanks; dark, caudal bands not encircling tail; and posterior 25% of tail not white. See also Grismer et al. 2014 (Table 6) for a comparison with other species. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
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