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Cyrtodactylus jambangan WELTON, SILER, DIESMOS & BROWN, 2010

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus jambangan WELTON, SILER, DIESMOS & BROWN 2010 
DistributionPhilippines (Mindanao, Sulu Archipelago: Basilan, Great
Santa Cruz, Teipono, Tamuk, Cancuman, Dipolod, Bitinan, Jolo, Tulian, Tawitawi, Papahag, Bongao, Buban Islands of the Tapiantana and Taipan Island Groups)

Type locality: Pasonanca Natural Park, Barangay Baluno, Zamboanga City Province, Mindanao Island, Philippines (N: 07º 1.0554, E: 122º 1.731, WGS-84; 758 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9593 (formerly KU 314810, RMB Field No. 10,005), adult male, collected on the trunk of a sapling (20:00–23:00) on 12 July, 2008 by L. Welton, R. Brown, C. Siler, J. Fernandez, M. and V. Yngente, and J. Phenix. 
CommentSpecimens of this species have previously been assigned to C. annulatus. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is derived from the term Jambangan—the ancient name for the Zamboanga City area. Sulu and Zamboanga folklore suggest that the name was bestowed upon the Zamboanga City area by the immigrant Subanons (“People of the River”) who arrived in western Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago in approximately 1200 A.D., after traveling by boat through the Sulu Archipelago, from what is now Indonesia. Jambangan means “The Land of Flowers,” a name presumably used in reference to the natural beauty of the area surrounding Zamboanga City. 
  • Welton, L.J, Siler, C.D., Diesmos, A.C. & Brown, R.M. 2010. Phylogeny-based species delimitation of southern Philippines bent-toed geckos and a new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from western Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. Zootaxa 2390: 49–68 - get paper here
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