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Cyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis PAUWELS, SUMONTHA & BAUER, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis PAUWELS, SUMONTHA & BAUER 2016 
DistributionThailand (Phetchaburi)

Type locality: Thailand, Phetchaburi Province, Tha Yang District, Klatluang Subdistrict, Khao (= Mountain) Tomo, Tham (= Cave) Khao Tomo (12°47.98’N, 99°44.36’E)  
TypesHolotype: IRSNB 2682 (formerly IRSNB 16682), adult male (Fig. 1); collected by local villagers, September 2003.
Paratype. IRSNB 2683 (formerly IRSNB 16650), adult female (Fig. 2); Thailand, Phetchaburi Province, Tha Yang District, collector unknown, no date. 
CommentSimilar species: C. oldhami, C. peguensis; Other Phetchaburi material initially referred to C. oldhami has been tentatively assigned to Cyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis sp. nov., but with some reservation (Pauwels et al. 2016).

Habitat: The holotype was found by day at about two meters above the ground within a cave-like crevice formed by large karst boulders in a secondary forest area. Ecological information from other referred specimens, from Kaeng Krachan and Tha Yang districts, suggests that the species occurs in moist evergreen forest and climbs on vegetation-covered walls and tree trunks. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to Phetchaburi Province, south-western Thailand, to which the new species appears to be endemic. 
  • 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
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S. G. & MONTRI SUMONTHA 2014. Cyrtodactylus samroiyot, a new limestone-dwelling Bent-toed Gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, peninsular Thailand. Zootaxa 3755 (6): 573–583 - get paper here
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S. G.; MONTRI SUMONTHA & AARON M. BAUER, 2016. A new Bent-toed Gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) from Phetchaburi Province, Thailand. Zootaxa 4088 (3): 409–419 - get paper here
  • Wood Jr, Perry L.; Matthew P. Heinicke, Todd R. Jackman, Aaron M. Bauer 2012. Phylogeny of bent-toed geckos (Cyrtodactylus) reveals a west to east pattern of diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 992–1003 - get paper here
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