Cyrtodactylus yangbayensis NGO VAN TRI & ONN, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus yangbayensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Yangbay Bent-toed Gecko|
Vietnamese: Than lan chan ngon yang bay.
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus yangbayensis TRI & ONN 2010|
|Distribution||S Vietnam (Khanh Hoa)|
Type locality: rocky outcrops around Yang Bay waterfall, Dien Khanh district, Khanh Hoa province, Southern Vietnam (approximately 12°11’N, 108°54’E) at 500–600 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: UNS 0476, adult male collected by Ngo Van Tri on 3 June 2009.|
Paratypes. The paratypes UNS 0475 and UNS 0477 have the same collection data as the holotype. UNS 0407–0412 were collected by Ngo Van Tri between 19:00 – 22:00 on 20 August 2008 in Hon Ba Nature Reserve (approximately 12o06’N, 108o59’E), Dien Khanh district, Khanh Hoa province, Southern Vietnam at 500–550m elevation.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Cyrtodactylus yangbayensis differs from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: mean SVL of 83.5 mm (± 4.7 mm); original tail long (TL/SVL: 1.28); dark brown blotches on head; nuchal loop broken into two dark fragments or V–shaped; dorsal pattern consisting of five to seven irregular rows of narrow, dark brown bands between limb insertions; 6–8 precloacal pores in males; 5–16 enlarged scales beneath thighs; 18–23 interorbital scales on the frontal bone; 26–32 scales in a straight line between eye and nostril; 39–46 rows of ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; 20–23 irregular, longitudinal rows of weakly–keeled, conical tubercles at midbody between the lateral folds; 28–34 paravertebral tubercles between limb insertions; 18–20 subdigital lamellae on first toe; 15–17 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; 9–10 enlarged scales on heel; 9–11 irregular bands on original tail; median row of enlarged subcaudal scales.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is commemorates the type locality of the new species, the evergreen forest of Yang Bay Waterfall. Suggested common name: Yang Bay Bent–toed Gecko; Vietnamese name: Thằn lằn chân ngón Yang Bay.|
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