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Cyrtodactylus kunyai PAUWELS, SUMONTHA, KEERATIKIAT & PHANAMPHON, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesThai: Took-kai Kirati
E: Kunya’s bent-toed gecko
F: Cyrtodactyle de Kunya 
SynonymCyrtodactylus kunyai PAUWELS, SUMONTHA, KEERATIKIAT & PHANAMPHON 2014 
DistributionNE Thailand (Loei)

Type locality: limestone cave in Suan Hin Pha Ngam (17°03.062’N, 101°44.588’E), Amphoe (= District) Nong Hin, Loei Province, northeastern Thailand.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: THNHM 2560 (field number MS 270); adult male. Collected by Kaweesak Keeratikiat on 23 June 2008. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus kunyai sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other congeneric species by its maximal known SVL of 87.9 mm; 19 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles; 34 ventral scale rows between ventrolateral skin folds; a continuous series of 39 enlarged femoro-precloacal scales, including 5–6 pore-bearing scales on each femur separated by a diastema from 3 pore-bearing precloacal scales (no pores in females); no precloacal groove nor depression; transversely enlarged subcaudal scales; a dark orangeish iris; adults with four or five brown bands between nuchal loop and hind limb insertions and 3 bi-colored band interspaces between limb insertions and a medially interrupted nuchal loop. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, formed in the masculine genitive, honors our friend and colleague Kirati Kunya, curator of the reptile collection of the Nakhonratchasima Zoo, Khorat, for his contributions to the herpetology of Thailand. 
References
  • 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
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S. G.; MONTRI SUMONTHA, KAWEESAK KEERATIKIAT & EAKARIT PHANAMPHON 2014. Cyrtodactylus kunyai (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new cave-dwelling Bent-toed Gecko from Loei Province, northeastern Thailand. Zootaxa 3821 (2): 253–264 - get paper here
 
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