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Cyrtodactylus huongsonensis LUU, NGUYEN, DO & ZIEGLER, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus huongsonensis LUU, NGUYEN, DO & ZIEGLER 2011 
DistributionVietnam (My Duc District)

Type locality: Huong Son limestone forest (25°35’N, 105°45’E), My Duc District, Hanoi, N Vietnam, 120 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: 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). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. 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. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).

Similar species: C. dumnuii, C. tigroides, C. khelangensis, C. brevipalmatus, C. muangfuangensis. 
EtymologyNamed 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. 
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, Truong QUang Nguyen, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the limestone forest of Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4058 (3): 388–402 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, HUY QUANG DO, THOMAS ZIEGLER, 2011. A new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Huong Son limestone forest, Hanoi, northern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3129: 39–50 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; Truong QUang Nguyen, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of karst-dwelling bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4079 (1): 087–102 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG;THOMAS CALAME, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, Laos. Zootaxa 3760 (1): 054–066 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • NAZAROV, ROMAN; NIKOLAY A. POYARKOV, NIKOLAI L. ORLOV, TRUNG MY PHUNG, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, DUC MINH HOANG & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2012. Two new cryptic species of the Cyrtodactylus irregularis complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3302: 1–24 - get paper here
  • NGO, VAN TRI 2013. Cyrtodactylus dati, a new forest dwelling Bent-toed Gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3616 (2): 151–164 - get paper here
  • PHUNG, TRUNG MY; MONA VAN SCHINGEN,, THOMAS ZIEGLER, & TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN 2014. A third new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ba Den Mountain, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3764 (3): 347–363 - get paper here
  • SITTHIVONG, SALY; VINH QUANG LUU, NGOAN VAN HA, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2019. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Vientiane Province, northern Laos. Zootaxa 4701 (3): 257–275 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T.; TRUNG MY PHUNG, MINH DUC LE, Truong QUang Nguyen 2013. A new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Phu Yen Province, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3686 (4): 432–446 - get paper here
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