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Gekko nadenensis LUU, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Naden Gecko
Laotian: Kap Ke Naden
G: Naden Gecko 
SynonymGekko nadenensis LUU, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2017 
DistributionC Laos (Khammouane Province)

Type locality: on a karst cliff, near the entrance of Nang Log cave (17°30’N, 105°23’E, elevation 178 m a.s.l.), Naden Village, Gnommalath District, Khammouane Province, central Laos  
TypesHolotype. VNUF R.2016.1, adult male, collected by Vinh Quang Luu and Kieusomphone Thanabuaosy on 20 February 2016.
Paratype. NUOL-R.2016.2, adult male, the same data as the holotype; ZFMK 98741, gravid adult female, collected on a karst cliff inside Nang Log cave by Vinh Quang Luu, Thomas Calame, and Kieusomphone Thanabuaosy on 29 March 2015. 
CommentSimilar species: Molecular analyses demonstrated the new species is closely related to G. bonkowskii and G. thakhekensis, but separated from them by approximately 7% in genetic divergence as shown by a fragment of the mitochondrial ND2 gene

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after its type locality, Naden Village 
  • 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
  • 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
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