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Cyrtodactylus tanim NIELSEN & OLIVER, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus tanim NIELSEN & OLIVER 2017 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Western Province)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea, Western Province, limestone range approximately 9 km east of Kaiangibip Village, 1075 m.a.s.l. (5.53° S, 141.56° E)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: NMV 75956 (F# SJR14640), adult male with original tail, collected by P. M. Oliver (19 April 2013), with frozen tissue for genetic analysis at Museum Victoria.
Paratypes: NMV D75957 (SJR14638), SAMA R70319 (SJR14668), SJR14637, SJR14709 (males), NMV D75958–75960 (SJR14639, SJR14669, SJR140670) (females), NMVD75961 (SJR14717) (juvenile), all with same locality and collector details as holotype and collected between 19 and 20 April 2013 (Papua New Guinea, Western Province, n=12). NMVD 75962–63 (SJR14708, SJR14743), SAMA R70320 (SJR13150) (all males) Mt Uni, approximately 6 km west of Kaiangibip Village, approximately 540 m.a.s.l. (5.48° S, 141.54° E) collected between 26 April and 3 May 2013; NMVD75964 (PMO39) (male) approximately 9 km east of Kiangibip Village, approximately 760 m.a.s.l. (−05.51°, 141.57°) collected 8 May 2013. 
Comment 
Etymology‘Tanim’, ‘Tanem’ or ‘Tanemkan’ is the ‘tokples’ name that Faiwol speakers from western Papua New Guinea gave specifically for Cyrtodactylus geckos, both on this survey, and earlier surveys undertaken by Fred Parker around Wangbin and Migalsimbip Villages in 1969 (personal communication). Incidentally, several local people including experienced hunters, showed distaste for Cyrtodactylus geckos, and were reluctant to touch, hold, or in the case of large specimens even look at them. 
References
  • Nielsen, Stuart V.; Paul M. Oliver 2017. Morphological and genetic evidence for a new karst specialist lizard from New Guinea (Cyrtodactylus: Gekkonidae) R. Soc. open sci. 2017 4 170781; DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170781 - get paper here
 
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