Cyrtodactylus russelli BAUER, 2003
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus russelli?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus russelli BAUER 2003|
|Distribution||Myanmar (Burma: Kachin)|
Type locality: upper Nat E-Su Stream, Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary, Hkamti Township, Sagaing Division, Myanmar (25°28’27.7’’N, 95°37’20.5’’E, elevation 227 m.);
|Types||Holotype: CAS 226137|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS.— Cyrtodactylus russelli may be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of its very large size (to 116 mm SVL), ventrolateral folds well developed, digits long, dorsum with 22 longitudinal rows of tubercles, 35–41 ventral scales across midbody to ventrolateral folds, no precloacal groove, 15 precloacal pores in a single series in male holotype, 16–19 femoral pores on each thigh separated from precloacal pores by a diastema (precloacal and femoral pores absent in female paratype), subcaudal scales forming broad transverse plates, but distinctly narrower than tail width, and dorsal pattern poorly defined, including dark elongate blotches or bands and scattered lighter blotches on flanks. Among its congeners in Myanmar, the new species is approached in size only by C. slowinskii (maximum SVL 108 mm), to which it appears closely related. It differs from this species in its less well demarcated dorsal pattern, white (vs yellowish) light markings, predominantly transverse wavy dorsal markings (vs paired blotches), and larger number of precloacal pores (15 vs 9–11) and femoral pores (16–19 per thigh vs 11–12) [from BAUER 2003].|
|Comment||DEFINITION.— A large sized Cyrtodactylus, snout-vent length to 116 mm; body moderately slender, elongate with well developed ventrolateral folds, limbs stout, digits long; one pair of enlarged postmental scales in broad contact behind mental; dorsum with 22 longitudinal rows of small, conical to keeled tubercles; 35–41 ventral scales across midbody to ventrolateral folds; no precloacal groove, 15 precloacal pores in a single series in male holotype, 16–19 femoral pores on each thigh separated from precloacal pores by a diastema (precloacal and femoral pores absent in female paratype). Thirteen subdigital lamellae beneath 4th toe of pes distal to basal digital inflection, nine broad lamellae basal to inflection. Subcaudal scales forming broad transverse plates, but distinctly narrower than tail. Dorsal pattern poorly defined, including dark elongate blotches or bands and scattered lighter blotches on flanks. Tail with alternating light and dark banding.|
|Etymology||Named after Anthony P. Russell (born 1947) of the University of Calgary.|
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