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Cyrtodactylus sanook PAUWELS, SUMONTHA, LATINNE & GRISMER, 2013

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesThai: Tuk kai sanook
English: Sanook Bent-toed Gecko
French: Cyrtodactyle sanouk
German: Sanook-Bogenfingergecko 
SynonymCyrtodactylus sanook PAUWELS, SUMONTHA, LATINNE & GRISMER 2013 
DistributionS Thailand (Chumphon)

Type locality: Wat (= Temple) Tham Sanook and its cave Tham Sanook, Banna Subdistrict, Muang District, Chumphon Province, southern Thailand  
TypesHolotype: THNHM 22541, adult male, collected on 1st November 2012 by Montri Sumontha. Paratypes. Two adult males (PSUZC-RT 2012.4 and QSMI 1165), same locality, date and collector as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus sanook sp. nov. is distinguished from all other Sunda Shelf Cyrtodactylus by having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 79.5 mm; 18–20 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles at midbody; a continuous series of enlarged femoral and precloacal scales, no femoral pores, three or four precloacal pores in males (no pores in females), no precloacal groove nor depression; 19–20 subdigital lamellae on 4th toe; transversally enlarged subcaudal plates; and six or seven irregular pale narrow dorsal bands between limb insertions. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a noun in apposition referring to the species’ type locality. In Thai language, sanook means ‘(having) fun’ and as such, the specific epithet is also a reference to the enormous pleasure that the authors take in discovering amazing reptiles and other animal diversity in Thailand and in making it known to others. 
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, Truong QUang Nguyen, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the limestone forest of Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4058 (3): 388–402
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; Truong QUang Nguyen, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of karst-dwelling bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4079 (1): 087–102
  • LUU, VINH QUANG;THOMAS CALAME, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, Laos. Zootaxa 3760 (1): 054–066 - 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
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S.G.; MONTRI SUMONTHA, ALICE LATINNE & L. LEE GRISMER 2013. Cyrtodactylus sanook (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new cave-dwelling gecko from Chumphon Province, southern Thailand. Zootaxa 3635 (3): 275–285 - get paper here
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