Cyrtodactylus bansocensis LUU, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus bansocensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Laotian: Ki Chiem Ban Soc|
E: Ban Soc Bent-toed Gecko
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus bansocensis LUU, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2016|
|Distribution||C Laos (Khammouane Province)|
Type locality: on karst cliff, above the entrance of Peopalam cave (17°27.101’N, 105°35.393’E, 195 m elevation), near Ban Soc Village, Bualapha District, Khammouane Province, central Laos
|Types||Holotype. VFU R.2015.20, adult male, collected on 17 March 2015 by V. Q. Luu and K. Thanabuaosy.|
Paratype. NUOL R-2015.21, adult male, same collection data as the holotype.
|Comment||Similar species: C. rufford, C. khammouanensis, and C. soudthichaki. However, Cyrtodactylus bansocensis can be distinguished from C. rufford by having more ventral scale rows (34–35 versus 27–29), fewer supralabials (8–10 versus 10–12), fewer infralabials (8 versus 9–11), fewer femoral and precloacal pores in males (34 versus 42–43), and more postcloacal tubercles on each side (5–7 versus 4–5); C. khammouanensis by having fewer dorsal tubercle rows (14–15 versus 16–21), having fewer supralabials and infralabials (8–10 versus 11–12; 8 versus 9–10, respectively), fewer femoral and precloacal pores in males (34 versus 40–44), and tail with light rings (versus light bands); and from C. soudthichaki by its larger size (SVL reaching 74.0 mm versus 70.0 mm), having fewer dorsal tubercle rows (14–15 versus 19–20), more femoral and precloacal pores in males (34 versus 29), slightly higher number of ventral scales (34–35 versus 32–33), more subdigital lamellae on fourth toe (18–21 versus 18), more postcloacal tubercles on each side (5–7 versus 4–5), and tail with light rings (versus light bands) [Table 5 in LUU et al. 2016].|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||We name this species after its type locality, Ban Soc limestone forest to underline the importance of this area (see also Ziegler et al. 2015) for biodiversity and nature conservation.|