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Cyrtodactylus spelaeus NAZAROV, POYARKOV, ORLOV, NGUYEN, MILTO, MARTYNOV, KONSTANTINOV & CHULISOV, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus spelaeus NAZAROV, POYARKOV, ORLOV, NGUYEN, MILTO, MARTYNOV, KONSTANTINOV & CHULISOV 2014 
DistributionLaos (Vientiane)

Type locality: Khuang Lang Cave National Park, Kasi District, Vientiane Province, Laos (18°09.876 ́N and 104°30.387 ́E, elevation 183 m a.s.l.).  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. ZMMU R–14399, Adult male. Collected on 22 November 2011 by E.L. Konstantinov and A.B. Gavrilov.
Paratypes. One adult female ZIN 28258 and one subadult male ZMMU R–14400. All specimens of the type series have the same collection data as the holotype. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species epithet “spelaeus” is a Latin adjective in masculine, derived from the Latin “spelaeum”, “spelaean”, “living in a cave” referring to the habitat and the type locality of the new species – the Khuang Lang Cave in Kasi District of the Vientiane Province of Laos. 
References
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nazarov, R.A.; N.A. Poyarkov Jr., N.L. Orlov, N.S. Nguyen, K.D. Milto, A.A. Martynov, E.L. Konstantinov and A.S. Chulisov 2015. A review of genus Cyrtodactylus (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) in fauna of Laos with description of four new species. Труды Зоологического института РАН 318 (4): 391–423 [Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS 318(4):391-423, 2014]
 
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