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Gekko russelltraini NGO VAN TRI, BAUER, WOOD, & JL GRISMER, 2009

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Russell Train’s Marble Gecko
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn đá Russell Train 
SynonymGekko russelltraini NGO VAN TRI, BAUER, WOOD, & GRISMER 2009 
DistributionSE Vietnam

Type locality: Chua Chan Mountain, an isolated granitic peak in the Xuan Loc district, Dong Nai province, southeastern Vietnam, approximately 100 m elevation (10°55.799’N, 107°21.766’E).  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: UNS, Zoological Collection of University of Natural Sciences in Hochiminh City (UNS) UNS 0293, adult male. 
CommentThe species is distinguished from its congeners by its moderate size (SVL 70.3–82.9 mm), 8–11 precloacal pores in males, 12–16 longitudinal rows of very weakly enlarged, smooth dorsal tubercles, 17–18 lamellae beneath digit IV of pes, and dorsal pattern of five to seven white vertebral blotches between nape and sacrum and four to seven pairs of short white bands on flanks between limb insertions. Gekko russelltraini is a member of a group of mid-sized Indochinese Gekko sharing similar habitus, scalation, and color pattern elements and is the seventh member of its genus confirmed for Vietnam.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe epithet russelltraini is a patronym honoring the former president (1978–1985) and chairman (1985–1994) of the World Wildlife Fund in the United States, Dr. Russell Train (born 1920), who has supported funding and fellowships for generations of biologists to participate in conservation programs around the world, and in Vietnam in particular. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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 Tri Van, Bauer, A.M.; Wood, P.L. & Grismer, J.L. 2009. A new species of Gekko Laurenti, 1768 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Dong Nai Province, Southeastern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2238: 33-42 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler & Truong Quang; 2010. New discoveries of amphibians and reptiles from Vietnam. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 137–147 - 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
  • van Tri, Ngo & Gamble, T. 2011. Gekko canaensis sp. nov. (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new gecko from Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2890: 53–64 - get paper here
 
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