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Gekko truongi PHUNG & ZIEGLER, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Truong’s Gecko
Vietnamese: Tắc kè trường
G: Truongs Gecko 
SynonymGekko truongi PHUNG & ZIEGLER 2011
Gekko truongi — BÖHME 2014: 138
Gekko (Japonigekko) truongi — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Japonigekko) truongi — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionS Vietnam (Khanh Hoa)

Type locality: Cuc Dong Cape, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: 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 holotype (Fig. 2). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. 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. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed 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. 
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • PHUNG, TRUNG MY & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2011. Another new Gekko species (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3129: 51–61 - get paper here
  • Wood Jr, Perry L.; Xianguang Guo, Scott L. Travers, Yong-Chao Su, Karen V. Olson, Aaron M. Bauer, L. Lee Grismer, Cameron D. Siler, Robert G. Moyle, Michael J. Andersen, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. bioRxiv 717520 [preprint] - get paper here
  • Wood, P. L., Guo, X., Travers, S. L., Su, Y. C., Olson, K. V., Bauer, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Siler, C. D., Moyle, R. G., Andersen, M. J. and Brown, R. M. 2020. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 146: 106731 [corrigendum: MPE 164: 107255] - get paper here
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN; YING-YONG WANG, TIAN-DU ZHANG, YAN-JUN SUN & SHI-SHI LIN 2012. Genetic and morphological evidence on the species validity of Gekko melli Vogt, 1922, with notes on its diagnosis and range extension (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 3505: 67–74 - get paper here
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