Cyrtodactylus sanpelensis GRISMER, WOOD JR, THURA, ZIN, QUAH, MURDOCH, GRISMER, LIN, KYAW & LWIN, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus sanpelensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Sanpel cave bent-toed gecko|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus sanpelensis GRISMER, WOOD JR, THURA, ZIN, QUAH, MURDOCH, GRISMER, LIN, KYAW & LWIN 2017: 58|
|Distribution||Myanmar (Mawlamyine District, Mon State)|
Type locality: Sanpel Cave 21.3 km south-east of Mawlamyine, Mawlamyine District, Mon State, Myanmar (N16°22.427, E97°46.388; 44 m in elevation).
|Types||Holotype: LSUHC 12877, Adult male collected on 8 October 2016 between 1600 and 2000 h by Myint Kyaw Thura, L. Lee Grismer, Marta S. Grismer, Evan S. H. Quah, Perry L. Wood, Jr., Matthew L. Murdoch, Thaw Zin and Htet Kyaw. Paratypes: Adult males BYU 52223, LSUHC 12875, 12881, 12883, 12887, 12889–90, adult females BYU 52221–22, 52224, LSUHC 12878–80, 12886 and juvenile LSUHC 12885 bear the same collection data as the holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Cyrtodactylus sanpelensis sp. nov. differs from all congeners by having the unique combination of 9–11 supralabials; seven or eight infralabials; 12–14 rows of longitudinal body tubercles; 27–31 paravertebral tubercles; 35–41 ventral scales; relatively long digits with eight or nine expanded subdigital lamellae proximal to the digital inflection on the fourth toe, 12 or 13 unmodified distal subdigital lamellae, 20–22 total subdigital lamellae; low, weakly keeled, dorsal body tubercles; body tubercles not extending beyond base of tail; enlarged femoral and precloacal scales not continuous; 14–20 enlarged femoral scales; 8–16 femoral pores in males; 9–12 enlarged precloacal scales; seven or eight precloacal pores in males; two rows of enlarged post-precloacal scales; median subcaudal scales three times as wide as long, extending onto lateral surface of tail; top of head diffusely mottled, no yellow reticulum; nuchal loop not divided medially, lacking an anterior, azygous notch, posterior border straight or sinuous; five (rarely four), dark, regularly shaped, dorsal bands not wider than interspaces, nearly always with lightened centres, not edged with white tubercles; band on nape present; dark markings in dorsal interspaces; ventrolateral fold not whitish; anterodorsal margin of thighs and brachia unpigmented; 7–10 light caudal bands bearing dark markings, not encircling tail; 7–10 dark caudal bands wider than light caudal bands; and regenerated tail not spotted.|
Comparisons: Cyrtodactylus sanpelensis sp. nov. is part of the sadanensis group. See Comparisons section for C. sadansinensis sp. nov. and C. pharbaungensis sp. nov.
|Etymology||The specific epithet, sanpelensis, is a noun in apposition in reference to the type locality of Sanpel Cave.|