Gekko bonkowskii LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE & ZIEGLER, 2015
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||English: Bonkowski’s Gecko|
Laotian: Kap Ke Bonkowski
German: Bonkowskis Gecko
|Synonym||Gekko bonkowskii LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE & ZIEGLER 2015|
|Distribution||C Laos (Khammouane)|
Type locality: karst forest near Thakhek Town (17°27.260’N, 104°56.265’E, at an elevation of 146 m), Khammouane Province, central Laos
|Types||Holotype: VNUF (originally as VFU) R.2014.10, adult male, collected by Vinh Quang Luu and Thomas Calame on 6 June 2014. Paratype. NUOL R-2015.1, adult female, the same data as the holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Gekko bonkowskii sp. nov. differs from its relatives by a combination of the following characters: a medium-sized gecko species (SVL 66.7 mm in the male, 69.2 mm in the female); nares touching rostral; internasals absent; postmentals enlarged; dorsal tubercles absent; ventral scale rows from mental to cloacal slit 154–169; scale rows around midbody 110–116; ventral scale rows 37–40; webbing weakly developed between fingers and toes; dorsal surface of limbs and tail without tubercles; precloacal pores six in a continuous row in the male, absent in the female; postcloacal tubercles 0–2; subcaudals enlarged; dorsum with black and grey blotches.|
Comparisons: see Luu et al. 2015: 285.
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The new Gekko species is named after Professor Dr. Michael Bonkowski from the Zoological Institute, University of Cologne, Germany to acknowledge his engagement for herpetological and ecological research in the Indochina region.|
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