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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cà Ná Marbled Gecko
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn đá Cà Ná 
SynonymGekko canaensis NGO & GAMBLE 2011
Gekko cf. canaensis — KOBER 2012
Gekko (Sundagekko) canaensis — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Lomatodactylus) canaensis — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionS Vietnam (Tuy Phong)

Type locality: Cà Ná Cape, Vĩnh Tân commune, Tuy Phong district, Bình Thuận Province, Southern Vietnam, approximately 50 m elevation (11° 20.009”N/108° 52.224”E)  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: UNS, Zoological Collection of University of Natural Sciences in Hồ Chí Minh City UNS 0538, adult male (Figure 2A), collected by Ngô Văn Trí, 21 June 2010. Paratypes. UNS 0319–24 were collected by N.V.T at the type locality on 26 May 2006. UNS 0539–41 (Fig- ures 2B, 2C), adult males and UNS 0542, adult female, were also collected by Ngô Văn Trí on 22 June 2010 about 2 km south of the type locality. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium sized Gekko species, maximum SVL 108.5 mm, that can be distinguished from its con- geners by the following combination of characteristics: 1–4 internasals; dorsum with 10–14 longitudinal rows of enlarged, smooth dorsal tubercles; 86–93 dorsal scale rows at midbody; 30–32 ventral scale rows at midbody; 14– 18 precloacal pores in a angular continuous series in males; 14–16 lamellae on digit I of pes; 17–19 lamellae on digit IV of pes; Dorsal pattern of 5–7 whitish vertebral blotches between nape and sacrum; 6–7 pairs of short, sometimes irregular spots or white bars on flanks between limb insertions; single transverse row of enlarged smooth tubercles along the posterior portion of dorsum of each tail segment. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).

Group: G. petricolus group (Meesook et al. 2021). 
EtymologyThe epithet is derived from the Cà Ná Cape where the type specimens were collected. 
  • Goldberg, Stephen R.; Charles R. Bursey and L. Lee Grismer 2018. Helminth records from Gekko canaensis and Gekko vietnamensis (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Vietnam. Hamadryad 38 (1 & 2): 38-39 - get paper here
  • Kober, I. 2012. Endlich Klarheit bei Marmorgeckos? Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (4): 8-10 - 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
  • Ngo, van Tri & Gamble, T. 2011. Gekko canaensis sp. nov. (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new gecko from Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2890: 53–64
  • NGUYEN, V. D. H., NGUYEN, L. T., ORLOV, N. L., MURPHY, R. W., & NGUYEN, S. N. 2021. Gekko phuyenensis sp.nov.(Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new species from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4966(2): 175-186 - get paper here
  • Rujirawan, Attapol; Jonathan J. Fong, Natee Ampai, Siriporn Yodthong, Korkhwan Termprayoon & Anchalee Aowphol 2019. A new karst-dwelling gecko of the Gekko petricolus group (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Phitsanulok Province, central Thailand. J. Nat. Hist. 53: 557–576 (2019) - get paper here
  • Wood Jr, Perry L.; Xianguang Guo, Scott L. Travers, Yong-Chao Su, Karen V. Olson, Aaron M. Bauer, L. Lee Grismer, Cameron D. Siler, Robert G. Moyle, Michael J. Andersen, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. bioRxiv 717520 [preprint] - get paper here
  • Wood, P. L., Guo, X., Travers, S. L., Su, Y. C., Olson, K. V., Bauer, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Siler, C. D., Moyle, R. G., Andersen, M. J. and Brown, R. M. 2020. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 146: 106731 [corrigendum: MPE 164: 107255] - get paper here
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