Cyrtodactylus hitchi RIYANTO, KURNIATI & ENGILIS, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus hitchi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus hitchi RIYANTO, KURNIATI & ENGILIS 2016|
|Distribution||Indonesia (SE Sulawesi)|
Type locality: Camp 3, desa Tinukari, kecamatan Wawo, kabupaten Kolaka Utara, Mekongga Mountains (03.6399°S; 121.14974°E, 936 m elevation), South East Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.
|Types||Holotype. MZB.Lace.8642, an adult male; collected by Hellen Kurniati and Wahyu Trilaksono on 3 December 2010.|
Paratypes. MZB.Lace.8635–36, 8640–41, 8643–48, MWFB 1054, 1116, from between 03.635943 – 03.63994oS; 121. 148971 – 121.16268oE; alt.; 934–1103 m asl collected 25 November – 7 December 2010.
|Comment||Diagnosis. A small-sized Cyrtodactylus with SVL up to 70.3 mm in males, 79.0 mm in females; 18–20 irregularly aligned rows of keeled tubercles; 27–30 paravertebral tubercles; 40–45 ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; ventrolateral folds with tubercles; no precloacal groove; no precloacal pores; no enlarged femoral and precloacal scales; no femoral pores; 18–20 lamellae beneath fourth toe; smooth transition between rows of large and small postfemoral and ventral femoral scales; and greatly enlarged transverse median subcaudal scales arranged in a single row.|
Habitat: All specimens were collected from secondary forest in various microhabitats such as on vegetation along streams, along rivers and foot paths, and on tree trunks and fallen logs (Fig. 7). Cyrtodactylus hitchi appears to have a relatively narrow elevational range corresponding to hill forest habitat ranging from 900–1100 m asl. Riyanto et al. 2016 did not encounter the species above 1200 m asl and below 900 m asl. It is replaced below 500 m by C. jellesmae.
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a noun in the genitive singular case, honoring Dr. Alan Thomas Hitch for his friendship and as the field leader of expeditions to the Mekongga.|
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