Cyrtodactylus phuocbinhensis NGUYEN, LE, TRAN, ORLOV, LATHROP, MACCULLOCH, LE, JIN, NGUYEN, NGUYEN, HOANG, CHE, MURPHY & ZHANG, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus phuocbinhensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus phuocbinhensis NGUYEN, LE, TRAN, ORLOV, LATHROP, MACCULLOCH, LE, JIN, NGUYEN, NGUYEN, HOANG, CHE, MURPHY & ZHANG 2013|
|Distribution||Vietnam (Ninh Thuan)|
Type locality: Phuoc Binh National Park, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam, coordinates around 12°04’N, 108°45’E, 646–1136 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ITBCZ 1529, an adult male collected on 28 September 2011 by Tran Thi Anh Dao, Le Thi Thuy Duong, and Le Thi Thanh Ngan; (Fig. 5). Paratype. ITBCZ 1518, an adult female, collected on 23 September 2011. Other information same as that of the holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Size medium, SVL 46.0–60.4 mm; body moderately elongated with two dark brown stripes or blotches on dorsum; interrupted nuchal band reaching the posterior margin of eyes; tail longer than SVL, subcaudals small, not transversely enlarged; five enlarged femoral scales; male with seven preanal pores in Λ- shaped; upper labials 9–11, lower labials 9–10; narrow subdigital lamellae on fourth toe 17–19; transverse ventral scale rows 43–47.|
|Comment||Cyrtodactylus phuocbinhensis sp. nov. is characterized by a series of enlarged femoral scales separated from preanal scales. C. phuocbinhensis is distinguished from other congeners by a combination of the following characters: small subcaudal scales, not transversely enlarged; presence (C. phuocbinhensis sp. nov.) or absence (C. taynguyenensis sp. nov.) of enlarged femoral scales; number of preanal pores; and dorsal pattern.|
Habitat. The two geckos were collected at night on rocks and trees along streams at the elevation of 646–1136 m elevation.
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet phuocbinhensis is derived from Phước Bình National Park, where the new species was collected.|