Cyrtodactylus astrum GRISMER, WOOD JR, QUAH, ANUAR, MUIN, SUMONTHA, AHMAD, BAUER, WANGKULANGKUL, GRISMER & PAUWELS, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus astrum?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Starry Bent-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus astrum GRISMER, WOOD JR, QUAH, ANUAR, MUIN, SUMONTHA, AHMAD, BAUER, WANGKULANGKUL, GRISMER & PAUWELS 2012|
|Distribution||Peninsular Malaysia (from at least La-ngu District, Satun Province, Thailand south to Kuala Perlis, Perlis)|
Type locality: Wang Kelian, Perlis, Peninsular Malaysia (06°41.805 N, 100°10.751 E) at 150 meters elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZRC 2.6962, adult male, collected on 24 March 2011 by L. L. Grismer, S. Anuar, E. S. H. Quah, Chan, K. O., and M. A. Muin.|
Paratypes. ZRC 2.6963, LSUHC 8810 and 8816 (adult male, female, and male, respectively) collected on 3 March 2008 by L. L. Grismer and Chan K. O. from Gua Kelam, Perlis, Peninsular Malaysia and an adult female (ZRC 2.6964) and adult male (ZRC 2.6965) collected on 11 October 2009 and 21 May 2010, respectively, by E. S. H. Quah, S. Anuar, and M. A. Muin from Gua Wang Burma, Perlis, Peninsular Malaysia (06°42.005 N, 100°11.878 E) at 180 meters in elevation.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis.—Adult males reaching 108.3 mm SVL, adult females reaching 104.8 mm SVL; 10–12 supralabials, 9–12 infralabials; tubercles of dorsum small to moderately large with several intervening smaller tubercles; no tubercles on ventral surfaces of forelimbs, gular region, or in ventrolateral body fold; 40–57 paravertebral tubercles; 20–29 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles; 31–46 rows of ventral scales; 20–24 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; 31–38 femoro-precloacal pores in males; dorsum bearing a scattered pattern of white tubercles; four dark body bands in adults with lightened centers and light colored tubercles; band to interspace ratio 1.00–2.00; 13 or 14 dark caudal bands on original tail; white caudal bands in adults heavily infused with dark pigmentation, nearly indiscernible; and posterior portion of tail in hatchlings and juveniles white. These characters are scored across all species of the Cyrtodactylus pulchellus complex in Table 6 [GRISMER et al. 2012].|
|Comment||Specimens: N=11 in original description.|
Habitat: saxicolous, lowland forests associated with karst formations.
|Etymology||The specific epithet astrum is Latin, meaning “a star” and is in reference to the starry pattern of the white dorsal tubercles.|