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Gekko aaronbaueri TRI, THAI, PHIMVOHAN, DAVID & TEYNIÉ, 2015

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Aaron Bauer’s Gecko
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn đá Aaron Bauer 
SynonymGekko aaronbaueri TRI, THAI, PHIMVOHAN, DAVID & TEYNIÉ 2015 
DistributionLaos (Khammouan)

Type locality: Lom Yen Cave, Nhommalath District, Khammouan Province, central Laos, approximately 150–200 m elevation (17°35.072'N, 105°13.022'E). Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. ITBCZ 2490, adult male, collected by Ngô Văn Trí, 28 January 2014.
Paratypes. ITBCZ 2491–2492, males, and ITBCZ 2493, female; same locality and collection date as holotype; collected by Phạm Hồng Thái and Ngô Văn Trí. ITBCZ 2331, adult female, collected by Ngô Văn Trí, 30 April 2014. 
CommentDiagnosis. A moderately sized Gekko species, maximum SVL 80.0 mm, that may be distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: 0–1 internasal; 34–37 interorbital scales rows; smooth dorsal scales consisting of 98–104 scale rows at midbody; 39–43 ventral scale rows at midbody; 3–4 precloacal pores in a straight series in males, sometimes separated by one poreless scale; 16 lamellae beneath digit I of pes; 15–16 lamellae beneath digit IV of pes; tail relatively segmented with 10–11 scales rows in length; median subcaudal scales forming broad transverse plates; dorsal pattern of 5–6 dirty whitish vertebral blotches between nape and sacrum alternating with W-shaped darkish blotches with yellowish borders; 6–7 pairs of irregular whitish spots interspersed with yellowish edged blotches on flanks between limb insertions. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet honors Professor Aaron M. Bauer, Villanova University, USA, who has made a great contribution to herpetological discovery. 
References
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2017. A new karst dwelling species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos Zootaxa 4263 (1): 179-193 - get paper here
  • NGO, VAN TRI; PHAM HONG THAI, ANORATH PHIMVOHAN, PATRICK DAVID & ALEXANDRE TEYNIÉ 2015. Gekko aaronbaueri, a new gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 3914 (2): 144–156 - get paper here
 
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