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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus pageli SCHNEIDER, NGUYEN, SCHMITZ, KINGSADA, AUER & ZIEGLER 2011 
DistributionNW Laos (Vientiane)

Type locality: Phoukham Cave (18°55.606 ́N 102°23.273 ́E, elevation 270 m), near Ban Na Thong Village, Vang Vieng District, Vientiane Province, northwestern Laos  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.2010.36, adult male, collected on 5 May 2010 by Truong Quang Nguyen and Phouthone Kingsada.
Paratypes. ZFMK 91827, adult female, MHNG 2723.91, adult male, NUOL 2010.3, adult female, and NUOL 2010.4, subadult male, NUOL 2010.5, subadult male, from Pouna Cave (18°55.547'N 102°22.943'E, elevation 260 m a.s.l.), near Ban Na Thong, Vang Vieng District, Vientiane Province, northwestern Laos, collected on 5 May 2010 by Truong Quang Nguyen and Phouthone Kingsada. NUOL 2010.6, subadult male, NUOL 2010.7, adult female, MTD 48025, adult male, and IEBR A.2010.37, adult male, from Phouthong Cave (18°54.997'N, 102°24.701'E, elevation 300 m a.s.l.), near Ban Phongeuan, Vang Vieng District, Vientiane Province, northwestern Laos, collected on 5 May 2010 by Truong Quang Nguyen and Phouthone Kingsada (Figs. 5–6). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Cyrtodactylus with maximum SVL 81.8 mm, head distinct from slender body, belly flat. Cyrtodactylus pageli sp. n. can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combi- nation of characters: 9–12 supralabials; 9 infralabials; 9–14 rows of dorsal tubercles; no distinct lateral body fold; 41–46 midbody ventrals; precloacal pores present in both sexes (males 4, females 5 or 6); no precloacal groove; femoral scales not distinctly enlarged; no femoral pores; subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe 19–26; subcaudals transversally enlarged; dark nuchal band, followed by a transversal row of dark neck blotches (rarely forming an additional transversal neck band) in-between nuchal band and first body band; five in part irregular dark dorsal bands between limb insertions plus transversal band between hind limbs; tail with banded pattern. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe new Cyrtodactylus species is named after Theodor Bernhard Pagel, Director of the Cologne Zoological Garden, in recognition of his long-term support of biodiversity research and conservation in the Indochinese Subregion of Southeast Asia, in particular in Vietnam and Laos. 
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, Truong QUang Nguyen, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the limestone forest of Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4058 (3): 388–402 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; Truong QUang Nguyen, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of karst-dwelling bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4079 (1): 087–102 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG;THOMAS CALAME, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, Laos. Zootaxa 3760 (1): 054–066 - get paper here
  • 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
  • NAZAROV, ROMAN; NIKOLAY A. POYARKOV, NIKOLAI L. ORLOV, TRUNG MY PHUNG, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, DUC MINH HOANG & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2012. Two new cryptic species of the Cyrtodactylus irregularis complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3302: 1–24 - get paper here
  • NGO, VAN TRI & L. LEE GRISMER 2012. A new endemic species of Cyrtodactylus Gray (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Tho Chu Island, southwestern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3228: 48–60 - get paper here
  • SCHNEIDER, NICOLE; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, ANDREAS SCHMITZ, PHOUTHONE KINGSADA, MARKUS AUER & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2011. A new species of karst dwelling Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Laos. Zootaxa 2930: 1–21 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T. 2012. Erforschung und Erhalt der Artenvielfalt: Neue Wege des Kölner Zoos in Südostasien. Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos 55 (3): 111-
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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