Cyrtodactylus huongsonensis LUU, NGUYEN, DO & ZIEGLER, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus huongsonensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus huongsonensis LUU, NGUYEN, DO & ZIEGLER 2011|
|Distribution||Vietnam (My Duc District)|
Type locality: Huong Son limestone forest (25°35’N, 105°45’E), My Duc District, Hanoi, N Vietnam, 120 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2011.3, adult male, collected on 13 June 2011 by Vinh Quang Luu, Hieu Van Pham, and Nghia Van Ha.|
Paratype. Adult female (ZFMK 92293) the same collection data as for the holotype (Fig. 4).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized Cyrtodactylus with a maximum SVL of 89.8 mm, distinguished from all congeners by the combination of the following characters: 1) dorsal pattern consisting of a dark nuchal loop, neck band and five in part irregularly shaped transverse body bands between limbs; 2) two enlarged lateral chinshields in contact with first postmental pair; 3) dorsal tubercles present on occiput, body, forearms, hind limbs and tail base; 4) 14–16 irregular dorsal tubercle rows; 5) ventrals in 41–48 longitudinal rows at midbody; 6) lateral skin folds present, lacking tubercles; 7) six precloacal pores plus in total 17 femoral pores in males separated by 8–12 poreless scales; 8) enlarged femoral scales present; 9) enlarged precloacal scales present; 10) precloacal groove absent; 11) 3 postcloacal spurs in males; 12) subcaudal scales transversally enlarged.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Named after its type locality, Huong Son limestone forest, which is a tourist site and not yet protected. Huong Son tourist site covers an area of a thousand hectares and includes a complex of mountains, rivers and streams, villages, pagodas, and grottoes surrounded by the Huong Tich Mountain Range, north of the Truong Son Range.|
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