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Cyrtodactylus payarhtanensis MULCAHY, THURA & ZUG, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Tenasserim Mountain Bent-toed Gecko 
SynonymCyrtodactylus payarhtanensis MULCAHY, THURA & ZUG in CONNETTE et al. 2017 
DistributionS Myanmar (Tanintharyi Region)

Type locality: Myanmar, Tanintharyi Region, in the pro- posed Lenya National Park (11.12 ̊N, 99.07 ̊E)  
TypesHolotype: 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. 
CommentSimilar 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). 
EtymologyThe specific name derives from the karst landscape occupied by this species and is proposed as an adjectival noun. 
  • Connette GM, Oswald P, Thura MK, LaJeunesse Connette KJ, Grindley ME, Songer M, et al. 2017. Rapid forest clearing in a Myanmar proposed national park threatens two newly discovered species of geckos (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). PLoS One 12 (4): e0174432 - 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
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