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Cyrtodactylus klugei KRAUS, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus klugei KRAUS 2008 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Sudest Island, Milne Bay Province)

Type locality: along Gesirava River, W slope Mt. Riu, 11.49179ºS, 153.41261ºE, 127 m elevation, Sudest Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: BPBM 19739 (field tag FK 9506), mature male, collected by F. Kraus , 12 April 2004. 
CommentDiagnosis. A large (SV = 130–143 mm) species of Cyrtodactylus having a single row of enlarged subcaudals; enlarged dorsal tubercles conical, keeled, ~4–5 times size of adjacent granules (Fig. 2B), in 20–23 rows; lateral tubercles distinct, ~4 times size of adjacent granules and larger than scales of lateral skin fold, which lack tubercles; 43–49 midbelly scale rows; precloacal/femoral pores 66–76, in a single continuous row; lamellae under fourth toe 27–31; head of moderate width (HW/HL = 0.65–0.73, mean 0.70); five dark dorsal bands between head and hindlimb insertion, of even width, margined in black, with 5–6 tubercles sagitally through 3rd dark band; dark spots absent from light dorsal ground color; mouth and cloacal linings pink; and posterior supralabials brown. 
EtymologyThe trivial epithet is named for Arnold Kluge in recognition of his many contributions to gekkonid systematics. 
  • Kraus, Fred 2008. Taxonomic partitioning of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 1883: 1–27 - get paper here
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