Gekko russelltraini NGO VAN TRI, BAUER, WOOD, & JL GRISMER, 2009
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gekko russelltraini?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Russell Train’s Marble Gecko|
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn đá Russell Train
|Synonym||Gekko russelltraini NGO VAN TRI, BAUER, WOOD, & GRISMER 2009|
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).
|Types||Holotype: UNS, Zoological Collection of University of Natural Sciences in Hochiminh City (UNS) UNS 0293, adult male.|
|Comment||The 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).
|Etymology||The 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.|