Gekko truongi PHUNG & ZIEGLER, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gekko truongi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Truong’s Gecko|
Vietnamese: Tắc kè trường
G: Truongs Gecko
|Synonym||Gekko truongi PHUNG & ZIEGLER 2011|
|Distribution||S Vietnam (Khanh Hoa)|
Type locality: Cuc Dong Cape, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2011.1, adult male, collected on 12 June 2011 by T. M. Phung (Figs. 1, 3 and 4).|
Paratypes: ZFMK 92292, adult male, and IEBR A.2011.2, adult female, the same collection data as the holo- type (Fig. 2).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Gekko truongi sp. n. can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: medium size with maximum 95.9 mm SVL; supralabials 13–15; postmentals enlarged; inter- orbitals 45–58; dorsal tubercles absent; midbody scales 131–143; well developed lateral fold; scales between mental and cloacal slit 160–172; ventrals 35 or 36; subdigital lamellae below first toe 11–13, below fourth toe 15– 17; faint basal webbing between fingers and toes; precloacal pores in males 10 or 11; postcloacal tubercles in males 1/1; number of transverse dorsal scale rows in the middle of the third caudal whorl 11; subcaudals enlarged; dorsum grey with dark pattern and light blotches and lines; dark dorsal pattern shows interspersed yellow spots and consists of two w-shaped bands each at occiput and neck and four dark blotches on body; prominent light postocular stripe is absent; tail with dark bands.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Named after the author’s friend and colleague Dr. Truong Quang Nguyen from the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources in Hanoi, in recognition of his numerous and groundbreaking scientific contributions towards a better understanding of the amphibian and reptilian fauna of Vietnam.|