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Cyrtodactylus dati NGO VAN TRI, 2013

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Đạt Bent–toed Gecko
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn chân ngón Hoàng Đức Đạt
French: Cyrtodactyle de Dat 
SynonymCyrtodactylus dati NGO VAN TRI 2013 
DistributionVietnam (Binh Phuoc Province), probably in adjacent Cambodia (Mondulkiri)

Type locality: among dry roots beneath the canopy of secondary evergreen forest in Bu Dop State Forest Enterprise, Bu Dop District, Binh Phuoc Province, southern Vietnam (12° 01’252”N , 106° 54’227E) at 100 m elevation. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: ITBCZ 2375, adult male collected by Ngo Van Tri at 20:30 on 20 September 2011.Paratypes. The paratypes ITBCZ 2348–51 bear the same data as the holotype. Paratype ITBCZ 2343 was collected by the same collector at the same locality but on 1 January 2011. 
CommentDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus dati sp. nov. differs from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: maximum SVL 70.1 mm; original tail relatively short (TL/SVL: 1.03–1.08; n =2); no distinct dark brown blotches on head; nuchal loop broken into dark fragments; irregular dark blotches on the dorsum; original tails bearing 10 dark brown alternating rings; 4–10 intersupranasals; a series of five or six precloacal pores in males medially interrupted by one poreless scale; no precloacal groove; three or four femoral pores on each thigh in males; 4–7 enlarged scales beneath thighs; 17–19 interorbital scales on the frontal bone; 23–26 scales in a straight line between eye and nostril; 42–48 rows of ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; 20–22 irregular, longitudinal rows of keeled tubercles at midbody between the ventrolateral folds; 34–35 paravertebral tubercles between limb insertions; 12–13 subdigital lamellae on first toe; 18–19 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; and small subcaudal scales.

Habitat: tree branches and leaves, dry roots close to dry fallen trees, decayed trees, beneath the canopy, 0.1 m–1.0 m above forest floor. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet honours Prof. Hoàng Đức Đạt, former Dean of Hue University, who was the first teacher in the graduate program. 
  • TRI, NGO VAN 2013. Cyrtodactylus dati, a new forest dwelling Bent-toed Gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3616 (2): 151–164 - get paper here
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