Cyrtodactylus hikidai RIYANTO, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus hikidai?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus hikidai RIYANTO 2012|
|Distribution||Indonesia (Bunguran island = Great Natuna)|
Type locality: Mount Ranai, Kecamatan Bunguran Timur, Kabupaten Natuna, Propinsi Kepulauan Riau, Bunguran (Great Natuna) Island, Indonesia (03°57’24.6”N, 108°21’12.4”E; 310 m elevation).
|Types||Holotype: MZB Lace.8659, adult male, collected 26 October 2011 by A. Riyanto.|
Paratypes. MZB.Lace.8650–58, 8660–61 and MZB.Lace.8846, same data as for the holotype, collected 24–26 October 2011 [corrected from original paper; see correction in Zootaxa 3599 (4): 400)
|Comment||This large Cyrtodactylus differs from all other Sunda Shelf species of Cyrtodactylus by the combination of a reticulated color pattern on the dorsum of the head, body banded, enlarged precloacal scales, six pore-bearing precloacal scales in a deep groove in both males and females, tubercles on forelimbs, hind limbs and occiput, absence of enlarged femoral scales, and absence of femoral pores.|
Variation. Males and females are sexually dimorphic, with females being larger than males, and exhibiting a more shallow precloacal groove. For other detailed measurements and detailed character states for the entire type series see Table 1 in RIYANTO 2012.
|Etymology||The specific epithet hikidai honors Tsutomu Hikida, one of the world’s authorities on the herpetology of Asia, in recognition of his contribution to our knowledge of the genus Cyrtodactylus.|