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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Mt. Popa Parachute Gecko 
SynonymPtychozoon popaense GRISMER, WOOD, THURA, M GRISMER, BROWN & STUART 2018
Gekko (Ptychozoon) popaense — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Ptychozoon) popaense — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionMyanmar (Mt. Popa, Mandalay Region)

Type locality: Yay Su camp, 16 km northeast of Kyauk-pa-taung Town, Kyauk-pa-taung Township, Mt. Popa, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (20.88331°N, 95.26638°E, 629 m elevation).  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype. LSUHC 13508, adult male, collected by Myint Kyaw Thura on 27 May 2017. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Ptychozoon popaense sp. nov. can be differentiated from all other species of Ptychozoon based on having the unique combination of separated supranasals; presence of an infra-auricular flap; dorsal and caudal tubercles absent; 32–36 enlarged ventral scales; enlarged femorals absent; 21 enlarged, pore-bearing precloacals in the male and 12 dimpled precloacal scales in the female; 13 or 14 transversely enlarged subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe; 28 or 29 scales across the caudal flap; distal caudal lobes not fused into a long caudal flap; bases of 15–19 lobes fused anterior to the caudal flap; caudal lobes angling slightly posteriorly; thick, dark, postorbital stripe present; four dark, dorsal, body bands between limb insertions; irregularly shaped, with white, vertebral markings; and adults not having distinct immaculate black and white caudal bands dorsally. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality on Mt. Popa. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; PERRY L. JR. WOOD, MYINT KYAW THURA, MARTA S. GRISMER, RAFE M. BROWN, BRYAN L. STUART 2018. Geographically structured genetic variation in Ptychozoon lionotum (Squamata: Gekkonidae) and a new species from an isolated volcano in Myanmar. Zootaxa 4514 (2): 202–214 - get paper here
  • Lalremsanga, Hmar Tlawmte; Lal Muansanga, Mathipi Vabeiryureilai & Zeeshan A. Mirza 2023. A new species of Parachute Gecko of the subgenus Ptychozoon (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Gekko) from the Indo-Burma region. Salamandra 59 (2): 125–135 - 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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