Cyrtodactylus bichnganae TRI & GRISMER, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus bichnganae?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Bich Ngan’s Bent-toed Gecko|
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn chân ngón Bích Ngân
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus bichnganae TRI & GRISMER 2010|
|Distribution||Vietnam (Son La)|
Type locality: karst forest near Son La Town, Son La province, northwestern Vietnam (21°21’N 103°54’E), elevation ca. 600 m.
|Types||Holotype: UNS 0473, an adult male collected by Ngo Van Tri, on 8 May 2009.|
Paratype.– The paratype UNS 0474, same data as holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Cyrtodactylus bichnganae sp. nov. differs from all congeners by the follow- ing combination of characters: SVL 95.3–99.9 mm; body, limbs and digits long, slender; origi- nal tail long (TL/SVL 1.16); presence of nuchal loop; dorsal pattern consisting of six or seven dark bands on a brown background; nine white rings on tail; pore-bearing precloacal and femo- ral scales separated; 10 pore-bearing precloacal scales in males separated from nine pore-bearing femoral scales on each side by two poreless scales; 18–19 interorbital scales across the frontal bone; 18–19 scales between eye and nostril; 30–31 rows of ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; 16–18 irregular longitudinal rows of smooth conical tubercles at midbody between lateral folds; 26–27 paravertebral tubercles; 16–20 subdigital lamellae on first toe; 21–22 subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe; no tubercles on tail; subcaudal scales transversely enlarged.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Etymology.– The specific epithet honours senior author’s daughter, Ngo Hoang Bich Ngan, because he was not at home on her fifth birthday, when he collected the type series.|