Cyrtodactylus bobrovi NGUYEN, LE, VAN PHAM, NGO, HOANG, THE PHAM & ZIEGLER, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus bobrovi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||English: Bobrov’s Bent-toed Gecko|
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng ngón bô-b-rôp
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus bobrovi NGUYEN, LE, VAN PHAM, NGO, HOANG, THE PHAM & ZIEGLER 2015|
|Distribution||NW Vietnam (Hoa Binh)|
Type locality: karst forest near Hau 3 Village (20°25.034’N, 105°23.107’E, elevation 440 m a.s.l.), Ngoc Lau Commune, within Ngoc Son— Ngo Luong NR, Lac Son District, Hoa Binh Province, northwestern Vietnam.
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2015.29 (HVC 2014.1), adult male, collected on 21 May 2014 by C. V. Hoang.|
Paratypes. VNMN A.2015.61 (HVC 2014.2), adult male, the same data as the holotype; IEBR A.2015.30 (HB.2014.96), adult female, collected on 19 April 2014 by C. T. Pham and H. N. Ngo, in karst forest near Khu Village (20o27.838’N, 105o18.423’E, elevation 618 m a.s.l.), Ngoc Son Commune; VFM 2015.1 (HB 2014.203), adult female, collected on 9 October 2014 by T.Q. Nguyen and C. T. Pham in karst forest near Cho Village (20o25.070’N, 105o19.060’E, elevation 195 m a.s.l.), Tu Do Commune, within Ngoc Son—Ngo Luong NR, Lac Son District Hoa Binh Province, northwestern Vietnam.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The new species differs from other members of the genus Cyrtodactylus from Indochina by a combination of the following characters: medium size (SVL up to 96.4 mm); ciliaria 33–37, dorsal tubercles in 12– 14 irregular rows; 40–45 ventral scale rows; ventrolateral folds indistinct without interspersed tubercles; precloacal pores absent in females, 5 in males, in a continuous row; enlarged femoral scales absent; 1–3 postcloacal tubercles; subcaudals slightly enlarged; lamellae under toe IV 21 or 22; head and neck with dark blotches; nuchal loop discontinuous; five or six dorsal brown bands between limb insertions.|
Comparisons: for a detailed comparison with other species from Vietnam and neighboring countries see NGUYEN et al. 2015: 378.
Sexual dimorphism and variation. The females differ from the males by having a slender body, the absence of precloacal pores and hemipenial swellings at the tail base. Two females have complete tails with slightly enlarged subcaudals. The nuchal band is discontinuous in the holotype but continuous in the paratypes.
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||We name this new species in honor of Dr. Vladimir V. Bobrov, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, in recognition of his remarkable contributions towards lizard research in Vietnam.|