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Gekko lauhachindai PANITVONG, SUMONTHA, KONLEK & KUNYA, 2010

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Lauhachinda’s Cave Gecko
Thai: Tuk Kae Thum Arjarn Virayuth 
SynonymGekko lauhachindai PANITVONG, SUMONTHA, KONLEK & KUNYA 2010
Gekko (Japonigekko) lauhachindai — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Sundagekko) lauhachindaei — WOOD et al. 2019 (in error)
Gekko (Japonigekko) lauhachindai — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionC Thailand

Type locality: Thailand, Saraburi Province, Chalermphrakiat District, Sub Cha-om Cave (14°43.213’N, 100°51.209’E)  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: THNHM 15903 (formerly Montri Sumontha field series (MS) 151), adult male; collected by Nattakan Suttanon and Wut Taksintum, 23 June 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium-sized Gekko, snout-vent length at least 98 mm. Dorsum with 14 rows of prominent, small, smooth tubercles. Rostral approximately two times wider than deep, with I-shaped rostral groove, in contact with nostril rim. Precloacal pores in a continuous series of 12–14, femoral pores absent. Digit I and IV of pes with 13 and 13–15 enlarged subdigital scansors, respectively. Dorsal pattern of large bright spots that may be expanded to 5–6 narrow whitish crossbands intersected by a bright paravertebral dotted line from nape to sacrum. Iris color in life greenish gray or coppery brown with coppery brown around pupil margins. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).

Group: G. petricolus group (Meesook et al. 2021). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym in genitive case honoring the Thai herpetologist, Associate Professor Dr. Virayuth Lauhachinda who has dedicated his life to teach many generations of herpetologists in Thailand. 
  • 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
  • PANITVONG, NONN; MONTRI SUMONTHA, KANOKORN KONLEK & KIRATI KUNYA 2010. Gekko lauhachindai sp. nov., a new cave-dwelling gecko (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from central Thailand. Zootaxa 2671: 40–52 - 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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