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Cyrtodactylus zhaoermii SHI & ZHAO, 2010

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesChinese: 赵氏裸趾虎 
SynonymCyrtodactylus zhaoermii SHI & ZHAO 2010
Cyrtodactylus zhaoermii — BAUER et al. 2013 
DistributionChina (Xizang = Tibet)

Type locality: China: Nyemo County, Xizang Autonomous Region, (29°21′ N, 90º10′ E) at 3696 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: CIB 97979, adult male, collected 2 September 2008 at 12:35 h by Shi Lei. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus zhaoermii is distinguished from all other Cyrtodactylus species by the following characters: dorsal surface of the body with fine granules intermixed with larger sub-conical tubercles arranged into 20 more or less regular rows; proximal subdigital lamellae transversely expanded; 19–20 subdigital lamellae under toe IV; 30–32 mid-body ventral scales; most scales in femoral region small, granular, series of 12–14 enlarged femoral scales lacking pores on either side; a series of precloacal pores (4) present in male; tail with distinct segments, large, posteriorly directed tubercles in whorls, numbering nine to ten per caudal annulus, three on each side and three to four on the dorsal, situated at the posterior edge of each annulus; subcaudals not transversely expanded. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronyn honoring Zhao Er-Mi (born 1930) of the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, Chengdu, China, who was one of the first Chinese Herpetologist to go to Xizang Autonomous Region for field collection and described numerous reptiles, including a gecko from Mêdog County. Zhao has made substantial contributions to the herpetology of China and has been a strong influence on professional career of the first author. The name is masculine and is formed in the genitive case. See Zhao et al. 2017 and Adler 2017 for biographical details. 
  • Adler, K. 2017. Obituary: Ermi Zhao (1930-2016) and the modern development of herpetology in China. Herpetological Review 48 (4): 921-926 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Shi, Lei & Zhao, Hui 2010. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Reptilia: Squamata: Geckkonidae) from Xizang Autonomous Region, China. Zootaxa 2336: 51–60 - get paper here
  • Zhao, Er-Mi et al. 2017. In Memory of Academician Er-Mi Zhao (1930-2016). Zoological Research 38: 1 -2 - get paper here
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