Cyrtodactylus hidupselamanya GRISMER, WOOD, ANUAR, GRISMER, QUAH, MURDOCH, MUIN, DAVIS, AUILAR, KLABACKA, COBOS, AOWPHOL & SITES, 2016
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||English: Chiku Bent-toed Gecko|
Malay: Cicak Jari-bengkok Chiku
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus hidupselamanya GRISMER, WOOD, ANUAR, GRISMER, QUAH, MURDOCH, MUIN, DAVIS, AUILAR, KLABACKA, COBOS, AOWPHOL & SITES 2016|
|Distribution||Peninsular Malaysia (Kelantan)|
Type locality: Felda Chiku 7, Kelantan, Peninsular Malaysia (5° 03.318” N 102° 08.573” E; 110 m elevation
|Reproduction||oviparous. Of the four adult females sampled (LSUHC 12159, 12162, 12173–74), none were gravid although one hatchling was collected (LSUHC 12177). This would suggest that C. hidupselamanya sp. nov. does not breed year-round and that April is at the end of its reproductive season (Grismer et al. 2016).|
|Types||Holotype. LSUHC 12163, Adult male, collected on 19 March 2015 at 2030 hrs by Shahrul Anuar.|
Paratypes. Paratypes LSUHC 12158–62, 12164–65, 12173–75 bear the same collection data as the holotype.
|Comment||Habitat: All specimens of Cyrtodactylus hidupselamanya sp. nov. were collected at night between 2000 and 2400 hrs inside a complex network of caves and caverns permeating and coursing through an isolated karst formation (Fig. 5). A very narrow swath of undisturbed limestone forest closely surrounds the karst formation but the forest for several kilometers beyond this has been cleared for oil palm plantations (Fig. 5). Some lizards were collected in open areas on the limestone walls near cavern entrances while others were found on walls much deeper within the cave systems. All specimens were found between 1–4 m above the cave floor. One specimen observed during the day at 1730 hrs inside the cave was taking refuge deep within a crack approximately 25 m from the cave entrance. It is likely that C. hidupselamanya sp. nov. ventures outside the caves at night to forage on the exterior walls of the karst formation although none were found. One juvenile (LSUHC 12176), however, was found on the limestone vegetation next to an exterior wall (Grismer et al. 2016).|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet hidupselamanya is a modification of the Malay words “hidup selamanya” which, loosely translated means “live forever” and is in reference this species precarious future being that its limestone habitat is targeted to be completely quarried.|
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