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Cyrtodactylus soni LE, NGUYEN, LE & ZIEGLER, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Son’s Bent-toed Gecko (English)
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng ngón sơn 
SynonymCyrtodactylus soni LE, NGUYEN, LE & ZIEGLER 2016 
DistributionVietnam (Ninh Binh)

Type locality: karst forest near Da Han Village (20o25.067’N, 105o51.467’E, elevation 17 m a.s.l.), Gia Hoa Commune, within Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. HNUE VL.2015.78, adult male, collected on 24 July 2015 by D. T. Le, A. M. Luong, D. T. Pham, and N. H. Nguyen.
Paratypes. IEBR R.2016.4, adult female, HNUE VL.2015.94, adult female, collected on 24 July 2015; IEBR R.2016.5, adult male, HNUE VL.2015.131, adult female, and HNUE VL.2015.132, adult female, collected on 18 August 2015, the same data as the holotype. 
CommentHabitat: Specimens were found at night between 18:30 and 21:00, on limestone cliffs and in rock crevices, approximately 0.3–1.5 m above the ground, at elevations between 17–28 m a.s.l. The surrounding habitat consisted of secondary karst forest of medium and small hardwoods mixed with shrubs and vines (Fig. 6). Air temperature ranged from 25 to 32.1oC and relative humidity was 70–90%. 
EtymologyWe name this new species in honor of our colleague and friend, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Son Lan Hung Nguyen, Faculty of Biology, Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam, in recognition of his support of our research and conservation work in Vietnam. 
References
  • LE, DZUNG TRUNG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. Zootaxa 4162 (2): 268–282 - get paper here
 
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