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Cyrtodactylus bobrovi NGUYEN, LE, VAN PHAM, NGO, HOANG, THE PHAM & ZIEGLER, 2015

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesEnglish: Bobrov’s Bent-toed Gecko
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng ngón bô-b-rôp 
SynonymCyrtodactylus bobrovi NGUYEN, LE, VAN PHAM, NGO, HOANG, THE PHAM & ZIEGLER 2015 
DistributionNW 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. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. 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. 
CommentDiagnosis. 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. 
EtymologyWe 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. 
References
  • Kwet, A. 2016. Liste der im Jahr 2015 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (3): 56-67 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; Truong QUang Nguyen, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of karst-dwelling bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4079 (1): 087–102
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; MINH DUC LE, ANH VAN PHAM, HAI NGOC NGO, CHUNG VAN HOANG, CUONG THE PHAM & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. Two new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the karst forest of Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam. Zootaxa 3985 (3): 375–390
 
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