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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Ta Kou Marbled Gecko
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn đá Tà Kóu 
SynonymGekko takouensis NGO & GAMBLE 2010
Gekko (Sundagekko) takouensis — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Lomatodactylus) takouensis — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionS Vietnam (Binh Thuan: Tà Kóu Mountain)

Type locality: Tà Kóu Mountain, Ham Thuan Nam district, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, approximately 425 m elevation (10°48.815’N, 107°53.718’E).  
TypesHolotype: UNS, Zoological Collection of University of Natural Sciences in Hochiminh City UNS 0491, adult male; collected by Ngo Van Tri, 30 June 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium sized Gekko, maximum SVL 107.0 mm, distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characteristics: dorsum with 14–17 longitudinal rows of enlarged, smooth tubercles; 83–93 scale rows at midbody; 30–34 ventral scale rows between ventrolateral folds at midbody; 11–14 precloacal pores in males in an angular, continuous series; 18–20 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; dorsal pattern of 5–7 whitish vertebral blotches between nape and sacrum, and 6–8 pairs of short, sometimes irregular spots or white bars on flanks between limb insertions. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).

Group: G. petricolus group (Meesook et al. 2021). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet takouensis denotes the name of the mountain and nature reserve where the type series was collected. 
  • 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. 2010. A new species of Gekko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Tà Kóu Nature Reserve, Binh Thuan Province, Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2346: 17–28 - 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, Thomas Ziegler & Truong Quang; 2010. New discoveries of amphibians and reptiles from Vietnam. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 137–147 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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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