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).|
Similar species: C. dumnuii, C. tigroides, C. khelangensis, C. brevipalmatus, C. muangfuangensis.
|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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