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Cyrtodactylus taybacensis PHAM, LE, NGO, ZIEGLER, NGUYEN, 2019

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Taybac Bent-toed Gecko
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng ngón tây bắc 
SynonymCyrtodactylus taybacensis PHAM, LE, NGO, ZIEGLER, NGUYEN 2019 
DistributionNW Vietnam (Son La Province)

Type locality: karst forest near Ca Nang Village (21 ̊54.440’N, 103 ̊31.390’E, elevation: 650 m asl.), Ca Nang Commune, Quynh Nhai District, Son La Province, northwestern Vietnam  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype. IEBR 4379 (Field No. SL 2016.400), adult male, collected by A.V. Pham and D.A. Giang on 14 October 2016. Paratypes. TBU 07, 08 (Field Nos. SL 2016.271, 272), adult males collected by A.V. Pham, T.Q.L. Hoang, L.M. Ha, N.B. Song, D.K.K.S. Vanh, and C.A. Lau on 25 September 2016 and IEBR 4380 (Field No. SL2017.26), adult female, collected by N.B. Song and D.K.K.S. Vanh on 22 June 2017 in the karst forest near Pha Luong Village (21 ̊36.324’N, 103 ̊34.540’E, elevation: 720 m asl.), Phong Lai Commune, Thuan Chau District, Son La Province; IEBR 4381 & 4382 (Field Nos. SL2016.403, 405), adult males and TBU 09 (Field No. SL2016.404), adult female collected by A.V. Pham, L.M. Ha, O.V. Dieu and D.A. Giang on 15 October 2016 near Tua Thang Commune, Tua Chua District, Dien Bien Province (21 ̊56.933’N, 103 ̊27.803’E, elevation: 610 m asl.). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The new species can be distinguished from other members of the genus Cyrtodactylus by a combination of the following characters: medium size (SVL up to 97.5 mm); dorsal tubercles in 13–16 irregular rows; ventral scale rows 30–38; ventrolateral folds present without interspersed tubercles; each thigh with 11–13 enlarged femoral scales; femoral pores absent in males and females; precloacal pores 11–13 in males, five or 15 pitted scales in females, in a continuous row; postcloacal tubercles two or three; lamellae under toe IV 16–20; subcaudal scales transversely enlarged; dorsal head with dark brown marking, oval, triangle and arched shape; five brown dorsal bands between limb insertions. 
EtymologySpecific epithet “taybacensis” is a toponym in reference to the type locality of the species, meaning “from northwestern region”. 
  • Kwet, A. 2020. Liste der im Jahr 2019 neubeschriebenen Reptilien. Elaphe 2020 (3): 44-67
  • PHAM, ANH VAN; MINH DUC LE, THOMAS ZIEGLER, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN 2019. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4544 (3): 360-380 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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