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