Cyrtodactylus otai NGUYEN, LE, VAN PHAM, NGO, HOANG, THE PHAM & ZIEGLER, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus otai?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Ota’s Bent-toed Gecko|
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng ngón ô-ta
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus otai NGUYEN, LE, VAN PHAM, NGO, HOANG, THE PHAM & ZIEGLER 2015|
|Distribution||NW Vietnam (Hoa Binh, Son La)|
Type locality: karst forest near Hang Kia Village (20°44.347’N, 104°53.392’E, elevation 1232 m a.s.l.), Hang Kia Commune, within Hang Kia—Pa Co NR, Mai Chau District, Hoa Binh Province, northwestern Vietnam
|Reproduction||oviparous; one female (IEBR A.2015.28) contained two eggs (12.9–14.4 mm in length and 8.7–9.4 mm in width, NGUYEN et al. 2015).|
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2015.26 (HB 2014.8), adult male, collected on 11 April 2014 by T. Q. Nguyen, C. T. Pham, M. D. Le, and H. N. Ngo (hereafter TQN et al.).|
Paratypes. IEBR A.2015.27 (HB.2014.7), adult male, ZFMK 96721 (HB 2014.9), adult male, IEBR A.2015.28 (HB 2014.10), adult female, the same data as the holotype; VNMN A.2015.60 (HB.2014.1), adult female, collected on 10 April 2014 by TQN et al., in karst forest near Hang Kia Village (20o43.502’N, 104o54.292’E, elevation 981 m a.s.l.) within Hang Kia—Pa Co NR, Hoa Binh Province, northwestern Vietnam.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The new species can be distinguished from other members of the genus Cyrtodactylus from Indochina by a combination of the following characters: medium size (SVL up to 90.6 mm); ciliaria 26–30, dorsal tubercles in 11–14 irregular rows; 38–43 ventral scale rows; ventrolateral folds present without interspersed tubercles; precloacal pores absent in females, 7–8 in males, in a continuous row; enlarged femoral scales absent; 2 or 3 postcloacal tubercles; subcaudals slightly enlarged; lamellae under toe IV 19–22; head and neck with dark blotches; nuchal loop discontinuous; five or six brown dorsal bands between limb insertions.|
|Comment||Sexual dimorphism and variation. The females differ from the males in the absence of precloacal pores and hemipenial swellings at the tail base. There is a dark brown blotch in the middle of the neck of the holotype and one paratype (VNMN A.2015.60) but absent in three other paratypes (NGUYEN et al. 2015).|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||We name this new species in honor of Prof. Dr. Hidetoshi Ota, Institute of Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Hyogo, Japan, in recognition of his outstanding contributions towards gecko systematics.|