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Cyrtodactylus ziegleri NAZAROV, ORLOV, NGUYEN & HO, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus ziegleri NAZAROV, ORLOV, NGUYEN & HO 2008
Cyrtodactylus ziegleri — BÖHME 2014: 137
Cyrtodactylus ziegleri — NEANG et al. 2020 
DistributionVietnam (Annam, Langbian-Plateau)

Type locality: Chu Yang Sin National Park, Krong Bong district, south part of Dac Lac Province, Vietnam,12°25'55.9" N, 108°20'83.9'" E, 900 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZISP 24492, an adult male, collected in October 2007 by Nikolai Orlov, Nguyen Ngoc Sang and Ho Tu Cuc. Paratypes: ZFMK 88294-295 (ex-ZISP 24495-496), ZISP, ZMMU, ITBCZ 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large size Cyrtodactylus, snout-vent length 84.6 - 93 mm, Lcd 95 - 107 mm; body slender, limbs and digits moderately long, original tail not thick and longer than the body. Two pair ofpostmental scales, first pair in broad contact with one another, size of the second pair are about half of first pair; nostrils round, each surrounded by supranasal, rostral, first supralabial, and three rare four small postnasals scales; dorsal scales consisting of 20 - 24 rows of enlarged roundish weakly keeled tubercles; 33 - 39 ventral scales between ventrolateral folds, 173 - 198 ventral scales between postrnental scales and cloacae; male with 5 - 8 preanal pores in single A-shaped series, 8 - 10 enlarged femoral scales on each side, a few femoral pores sometimes can present on distal femoral scales (near bend ofknee); midventral subcaudal scales uniform, granular, much larger then on the flanks, but without transversely enlarged plates; tail segments are developed only in basal part. Dorsum coloration from light yellowish to lightbrown with 4 - 6 dark-brown transverse irregular bands between limbs. Color in preservatives from light beige to brown. The dark dorsal pattern without contrasting white bordering. V-shaped narrow occipital dark band extending anteriorly from ear to orbit usually present. Dorsal side ofhead can be markedly dark with irregular spots or uncertain designs pattern. Tails with 8 - 11 dark transversal bands, with irregular edge, distance between bands is equal or more than bands width. Bands are not clear on the ventral side. 
CommentPreviously included in Cyrtodactylus irregularis.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).

Distribution: for a map see Neang et al. 2020: 138 (Fig. 1). 
EtymologyThe species was named after the eminent zoologist from Cologne Zoo, Germany, Dr. Thomas Ziegler, who contributed greatly to the study of herpetofauna of Vietnam, in particular of the geckos fauna of Vietnam. See Kwet 2023 for a portrait. 
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  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • DAVID, PATRICK; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, NICOLE SCHNEIDER & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2011. A new species of the genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 from central Laos (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2833: 29–40 - get paper here
  • Geissler, P.; Nazarov, R.; Orlov, N.L.; Böhme, W.; My Phung, T.; Nguyen, T.Q. & Ziegler, T. 2009. A new species of the Cyrtodactylus irregularis complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2161: 20–32 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2023. Gesichter der DGHT – Prof. Dr. Thomas Ziegler. Elaphe 2023 (5): 54-55
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, Truong QUang Nguyen, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the limestone forest of Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4058 (3): 388–402 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, HUY QUANG DO, THOMAS ZIEGLER, 2011. A new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Huong Son limestone forest, Hanoi, northern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3129: 39–50 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; Truong QUang Nguyen, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of karst-dwelling bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4079 (1): 087–102 - get paper here
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  • 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
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