Cyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis PAUWELS, SUMONTHA & BAUER, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis PAUWELS, SUMONTHA & BAUER 2016|
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)
|Types||Holotype: 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.
|Comment||Similar 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.
|Etymology||The specific epithet refers to Phetchaburi Province, south-western Thailand, to which the new species appears to be endemic.|