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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Obi Bent-toad Gecko
Indonesian: cecak jarilengkung Obi 
DistributionIndonesia (Obi Island, Maluku Province)

Type locality: Obi Island  
TypesHolotype: MZB.Lace. 14052, adult male collected by F.H. Faz on 5 December 2016; Paratype: Adult females (MZB.Lace. 14053, 14574, 14577), subadult male (MZB.Lace. 14575), and adult males (MZB.Lace. 14576, 14578) collected on 6 January 2018 collected by F.H. Faz on 6 January 2018. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The following combination of characters distinguishes C. papeda sp. nov. from all other congeners: adult males reaching 62.9 mm SVL and females 84.0 mm SVL; dorsal tubercles present on brachium, antebrachium, and along the ventrolateral fold; 14–17 irregular dorsal tubercle rows at midbody; 27–34 paravertebral tubercles per series; 45–54 ventral scale rows across belly; deep precloacal groove with 5 pores in males; enlarged femoral and precloacal scales arranged in a continuous series; no femoral pores; 21–23 lamellae under fourth toes; and subequal median subcaudal scales not transversely enlarged. (RIYANTO et al. 2022)

Comparisons: Cyrtodactylus papeda sp. nov. is most similar to C. papuensis but differs in having 14–17 dorsal tubercle rows (vs. 19–23), a deep groove-like precloacal depression with 5 pores (vs. narrow chevronshaped depression with 11 pores) in males, enlarged femoral and precloacal scales in continuous series (vs. interrupted), and enlarged femoral scales arranged in multiple rows (vs. a single row). The new species differs from other congeners in the C. marmoratus group as follows: from Cyrtodactylus semiadii Riyanto, Bauer, and Yudha 2014 by being much larger (SVL 84.0 mm vs. 58.0 mm), by having preclocal pores
in males (vs. absent), and by lacking femoral pores in males (vs. present); and from C. marmoratus by the presence of dorsal tubercles on brachium and forearm (vs. absent) and its smaller number of pores (5 precloacal pores vs. 43–57 precloacal and femoral pores in continuous series). (RIYANTO et al. 2022)

Coloration in preservative: dorsum is light brown patterned with seven or eight irregular narrow transverse darker brown markings between axilla and groin; a further dark-brown stripe extends from the postnasal region past the eye and continues to the upper ear opening. Dorsal side of tail bended, on base the dark bands narrowed, widening as the tail tapers, 9 or 10 dark cross bands, the dark cross band extended to ventral forming whorl, tip always darks. (RIYANTO et al. 2022)

Coloration in life: same color as in preservative, but all the paler brown areas on the dorsum visible in a range of gray, cream, or brownish yellow; supercilium and canthus golden yellow. 
EtymologyNamed after the Indonesian word “papeda”, a traditional fiber-rich, cholesterol-low food in Moluccas and West Papua made from sago (Metroxylon sagu, family Arecaceae) starch. The name is used as a noun in apposition. The epithet honors (promote) a traditional culinary feature of Obi Island. Papeda is white in color, with the texture resembling sticky glue, and the cuisine is usually served with tuna fish and flavored with saffron. 
  • Riyanto, Awal; Fata H. Faz, A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe, Misbahul Munir, Yuli S. Fitriana, Amir Hamidy, Mirza D. Kusrini & Paul M. Oliver 2022. A New Bent-Toed Gecko of the Cyrtodactylus marmoratus Group (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Obi Island, Indonesia Herpetologica 78(1): 30–39. - get paper here
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