Gekko thakhekensis LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gekko thakhekensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Thakhek Gecko|
|Synonym||Gekko thakhekensis LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2014|
Type locality: karst wall of a karstic massif, ca. 1.5 m above the forest floor, in a mixed secondary forest of hardwoods and shrubs near Thakhek Town (17°27.64’N, 104°55.24’E), Khammouane Province, Laos, at an elevation of 170 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2014.6, subadult male, collected on 29 April 2012 by Thomas Calame and Peter Jäger.|
Paratype. VNUF (originally as VFU) R.2014.9, adult male, collected on 02 June 2014 by Vinh Quang Luu and Thomas Calame on a liana near the wall of a karstic massif, ca. 2 m above the forest floor, in a mixed secondary forest of hardwoods and shrubs near Thakhek Town (17o27.707’N, 104o52.496’E), Khammouane Province, Laos, 4 km from the holotype locality at an elevation of 168 m a.s.l.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The new species differs from its relatives on the basis of the following combination of characters: size moderate (SVL 67.6–79.2 mm); nares in contact with rostral; internasals absent; postmentals enlarged; interorbital scales between anterior corners of the eyes 22–26; dorsal tubercles absent; ventral scales between mental and cloacal slit 165–174; midbody scale rows 110–116; ventral scale rows 32–40; subdigital lamellae on first toe 11–13, on fourth toe 14–15; finger and toe webbing present at base, about one fifth of length of digits; tubercles on upper surface of fore and hind limbs absent; precloacal pores 1–5 in males; postcloacal tubercles two; tubercles absent on dorsal surface of tail base; subcaudals enlarged; dorsal surface of body with greyish brown blotches.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|