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Dixonius pawangkhananti PAUWELS, CHOMNGAM, LARSEN & SUMONTHA, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cha-am leaf-toed gecko
Thai: Djing-djok din Cha-am
German: Cha-am Blattfingergecko
F: Dixonius de Cha-am 
SynonymDixonius pawangkhananti PAUWELS, CHOMNGAM, LARSEN & SUMONTHA 2020 
DistributionThailand (Phetchaburi)

Type locality: foot of the hill (12°50’04.4”N, 99°56’10.3”E) behind Wat (= Temple) Nikhom Wachiraram, Khao Yai Subdistrict, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi Province, peninsular Thailand  
TypesHolotype. THNHM 25606 (field no. MS 563), adult male caught at night by M. Sumontha, N. Chomngam and P. Pawangkhanant on 8 August 2015.
Paratypes (2). AUP 02001 (field no. MS 564), adult male, and PSUZC R 728 (field no. MS 565), adult female. Same locality, collecting date and collectors as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Dixonius pawangkhananti sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other congeneric species by the combination of its maximal known SVL of 42.6 mm; 16 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles; 30 to 32 paravertebral scales; 16 longitudinal rows of ventrals across the abdomen; six precloacal pores in males, no pores in females; a marked canthal stripe; and a dorsal pattern consisting of bands or blotches (Pauwels et al. 2020). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet honors the Thai zoologist Parinya Pawangkhanant (Agriculture University of Phayao, Phayao, and Rabbit in the Moon Foundation, Ratchaburi), for his contributions to the herpetology of Thailand, and who is one of the collectors of the type-series. 
  • NGUYEN, T. H., LUU, V. Q., SITTHIVONG, S., NGO, H. T., NGUYEN, T. Q., LE, M. D., & ZIEGLER, T. 2021. A new species of Dixonius (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Vientiane Capital, Laos. Zootaxa 4965 (2): 351-362 - get paper here
  • PAUWELS, O. S., CHOMNGAM, N., LARSEN, H., & SUMONTHA, M. 2020. A new limestone-dwelling leaf-toed gecko (Gekkonidae: Dixonius) from coastal hills in Cha-am, peninsular Thailand. Zootaxa 4845 (1): 97-108 - get paper here
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S. G.; NONN PANITVONG, KIRATI KUNYA, MONTRI SUMONTHA 2021. A new sandstone-dwelling leaf-toed gecko (Gekkonidae: Dixonius mekongensis) from the Thai-Lao border. Zootaxa 4969: 526–538 - get paper here
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