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Gekko takouensis NGO & GAMBLE, 2010

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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 
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). Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: UNS, Zoological Collection of University of Natural Sciences in Hochiminh City UNS 0491, adult male; collected by Ngo Van Tri, 30 June 2009. 
CommentDiagnosis. 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. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet takouensis denotes the name of the mountain and nature reserve where the type series was collected. 
  • 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. 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
  • 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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