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Gekko thakhekensis LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesThakhek Gecko 
SynonymGekko thakhekensis LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2014 
DistributionLaos (Khammouane)

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. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. IEBR A.2014.6, subadult male, collected on 29 April 2012 by Thomas Calame and Peter Jäger.
Paratype. 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. 
CommentDiagnosis. 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. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
References
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 3895 (1): 073–088 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2017. A new karst dwelling species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos Zootaxa 4263 (1): 179-193 - get paper here
 
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