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Cyrtodactylus tautbatorum WELTON, SILER, DIESMOS & BROWN, 2009

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus tautbatorum WELTON, SILER, DIESMOS & BROWN 2009 
DistributionPhilippines (Palawan)

Type locality: on the roots of a tree overhanging a stream in Philippines, Palawan Island, Palawan Province, municipality of Brooke’s Point, Barangay Mainit, Mainit Falls (09° 50’ 204’’ N, 118° 38’ 497’’ E; 106 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: PNM 9507 (field no. RMB7724), an adult male, hemipenes everted (a portion of the liver preserved separately in 95% ethanol, deposited in tissue collection at KU), collected on 24 March 2007 (19:00–22:00h) by RMB and Jason Fernandez. 
CommentSpecimens of this species have previously been assigned to C. annulatus. 
EtymologyEtymology.—The specific epithet tautbatorum is chosen in recognition of the Tau’t- Bato peoples of the Singnapan Basin volcano crater, western Mt. Mantalingajan, southern Palawan Island. The Tau’t-Bato (‘‘People of the Rock’’) possess a highly distinct cultural identity that celebrates fierce protection of their natural resources, respect for the forest, and appreciation of forest animals. 
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  • Siler, Cameron D.; Jamie R. Oaks, Jacob A. Esselstyn, Arvin C. Diesmos, Rafe M. Brown 2010. Phylogeny and biogeography of Philippine bent-toed geckos (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) contradict a prevailing model of Pleistocene diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55 (2): 699-710 - get paper here
  • Welton, L.J, Siler, C.D., Diesmos, A.C. & Brown, R.M. 2010. Phylogeny-based species delimitation of southern Philippines bent-toed geckos and a new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from western Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. Zootaxa 2390: 49–68 - get paper here
  • Welton, Luke J.; Cameron D. Siler, Arvin Diesmos, and Rafe M. Brown 2009. A NEW BENT-TOED GECKO (GENUS CYRTODACTYLUS) FROM SOUTHERN PALAWAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES AND CLARIFICATION OF THE TAXONOMIC STATUS OF C. ANNULATUS. Herpetologica 65 (3): 328-343 - get paper here
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