Cyrtodactylus payarhtanensis MULCAHY, THURA & ZUG, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus payarhtanensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Tenasserim Mountain Bent-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus payarhtanensis MULCAHY, THURA & ZUG in CONNETTE et al. 2017|
|Distribution||S Myanmar (Tanintharyi Region)|
Type locality: Myanmar, Tanintharyi Region, in the pro- posed Lenya National Park (11.12 ̊N, 99.07 ̊E)
|Types||Holotype: USNM 587791, adult male, collected by Grant M. Connette and Katherine J. LaJeunesse Connette, 22 May 2016.|
Paratypes.—CAS 260232, adult male from Myanmar, Tanintharyi Region, in the proposed Lenya National Park, collected by Myint Kyaw Thura, Thaw Zin, and Daniel G. Mulcahy on 16 May 2015; USNM 587408–409 (adult females) USNM 587410–411 (adult males), same locality and collector information as preceding paratype collected on 14 May 2015; USNM 587792, adult female, same locality data and collector information as the holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Midsize Cyrtodactylus of the C. oldhami species group, adult females 74–83 mm, males 61–80 mm SVL, possibly sexually dimorphic; 27–30% HeadL/SVL, 52–67% HeadW/HeadL, 34–46% HeadH/HeadL, 44–49% TrunkL/SVL, 14–16% ForeaL/SVL, 17–21% CrusL/SVL. Limbs slender, medium length digits of fore- and hindfeet moderate (8–10% 4FingL/SVL, 9–12% 4ToeL/SVL).|
Dorsally head with granular scales, small tubercles in supratemporal area; 9–10 supralabials; 10–12 infralabials, one pair of enlarged postmentals. Dorsally trunk with 17–20 longitudinal rows of tubercles at midbody, 40–45 tubercles in paravertebral row; ventrolateral fold moder- ately developed and without tubercles; 26–32 ventral trunk scales at midbody smooth, overlap- ping and much larger than dorsal granules or tubercles. Tail with large tubercles dorsally on base, subcaudal scales distinctly enlarged, plate-like, and medially forming longitudinal row of rectangular scales. No precloacal groove or depression; distinctly enlarged row of precloacal and femoral scales but no precloacal or femoral pores; 2 cloacal spurs on each side. 5–7 proximal and 11–13 distal (16–20 total) 4FingLm; 6–8 proximal and 12–13 distal (12–13 total) 4ToeLm.
Distinctly banded dorsally and laterally, with irregularly shaped and edged dark, brown bands on neck and trunk, on a light brown background; usually six dark bands between axillary and inguinal areas. Band on posterior of neck usually present, often broken medially; band on sacrum either regular or irregular shaped; all caudal bands regular shaped, dark bands and light interspace subequal in width. Nuchal-cervical band part of postorbital stripes of light dorsal stripe above broader brown stripe; this continuous supraorbital striping and nuchal-cervical band forming U-shaped nuchal collar; nuchal band commonly notched mid-dorsally. Head indistinctly mottled dorsally, dusky brown marks on medium brown background; loreal area medium brown; supralabial and lower temporal areas medium to light brown of interspaces; limbs medium brown dorsally; venter dusky white. Preceding color description based on preserved specimens.
|Comment||Similar species: C. phetchaburiensis|
Habitat: limestone outcrops surrounded by lowland ever- green forest. Forest in the area was mostly secondary, with interspersed patches of bamboo and dipterocarp tree species.
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific name derives from the karst landscape occupied by this species and is proposed as an adjectival noun.|