Cyrtodactylus bidoupimontis NAZAROV, POYARKOV, ORLOV, PHUNG, NGUYEN, HOANG & ZIEGLER, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus bidoupimontis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Bidoup Bent–toed Gecko|
Vietnamese: Thach sung ngon bi dup
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus bidoupimontis NAZAROV, POYARKOV, ORLOV, PHUNG, NGUYEN, HOANG & ZIEGLER 2012|
|Distribution||Vietnam (Lam Dong)|
Type locality: northern slope of Bidoup Mountain, environment of Klong Klanh (= Long La1nh) village, Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park, Da Chais commune, Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam (12° 10 ́ N, 108° 40 ́ E), 1700 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZMMU R-13368, adult male, collected 04-12.04.2004 by Nikolai Orlov. Paratypes. Adult male ZISP 26325 (field number NLO 36041), the same collection data as for the holotype; two adult males ZMMU R-13369-1, ZMMU R-13369-2, three adult females ZMMU R-13369-4, ZISP 26326, VNMN 3100 and two subadult females ZMMU R-13369-3 R-13369-5; collected by Nikolay Poyarkov between 6- 10.05.2009 at an altitude of ca. 1600 m a.s.l. along the road to Nha Trang (723 road), 6–7 km from Klong Klanh, Da Nhim river valley in Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized Cyrtodactylus with a maximum SVL of 86.3 mm; body slender, limbs and digits moderately long, original tail thin and somewhat longer than body; two pairs of postmental scales, first pair in broad contact with one another, size of the second pair are about half of first pair (Fig. 7b); nostrils round, each sur- rounded by supranasal, rostral, first supralabial, and 2–3 small postnasals; dorsal tubercles enlarged, flattened roundish, smooth to weakly keeled, in 18–24 irregular longitudinal rows; lateral folds weakly developed, with enlarged tubercles; 38–43 ventral scales between lateral folds; 166–198 ventral scales between postmental scales and cloaca; subdigital lamellae below fourth finger 15–20 (mean 17.6), and below fourth toe 18–23 (mean 21.0); males with 4–6 precloacal pores in single ^-shaped series; precloacal groove absent; 8–10 enlarged femoral scales are present but femoral pores are lacking; enlarged subcaudals lacking; basal tail with segments; tail-base without large spurs; dorsal ground coloration light yellow with pattern consisting of 4–5 dark irregular transversal dorsal bands, usually with light borders; limbs with irregular transversal dark bands dorsally; neck band well developed, widened posteriorly; dorsal head surface light, without pattern or sometimes with pallid dark spots; tail with 7–9 dark transversal bands which fade on the ventral side [from NAZAROV et al. 2012].|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is an adjective derived from the Vietnamese name of the type locality of the new species, Mount Bidoup and Latin root “mons” (nom.), “montis” (gen.) (“mountain”) commemorating the preference of the new species for higher altitudes and the evergreen forest of Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park.|