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Goniurosaurus catbaensis ZIEGLER, TRUONG, SCHMITZ, STENKE, RÖSLER, 2008

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Cat Ba Leopard Gecko 
SynonymGoniurosaurus catbaensis ZIEGLER, TRUONG, SCHMITZ, STENKE, RÖSLER 2008
Goniurosaurus catbaensis — NGO et al. 2016 
DistributionVietnam (Cat Ba Island)

Type locality: Cat Ba Island, Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam, Tra Bau Ranger Station in Ong Bi valley at an elevation of ca. 10–20 m above sea level.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.0717, an adult male, collected by Roswitha Stenke, Nguyen Quang Truong and Thomas Ziegler on 23 May 2007. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of the genus Goniurosaurus, characterized by a combination of the following characters: 1) gracile body and limbs; 2) thin, posteriorly protracted nuchal loop; 3) three (or four) thin immaculate dorsal body bands between limb insertions, without dark spotting and with dark, narrow border surrounding the body bands; 4) mottled dorsal surface and maculate limbs; 5) head pattern consisting of a dark marbling; 6) iris orange-brown; 7) lack of postrostral (internasal) scales (supranasals meeting in midline behind the rostral suture); 8) 5–6 nasal scales surrounding the nare; 9) greatly enlarged row of supraorbital tubercles; 10) outer surface of the upper eyelid composed of granular scales of about the same size of those on top of head and with a longish row of 6–9 enlarged tubercles; 11) 52–55 eyelid fringe scales; 12) 8–9 supralabials, and 6–8 sublabials; 13) granular body scales, with 8–11 granular scales surrounding the dorsal tubercles; 14) deep axillary pockets; 15) long, thin digits with wide subdigital lamellae and claws being sheathed by four scales; 16) 16–21 precloacal pores. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Chen, Tian-Bo; Yuan-Jun Meng, Ke Jiang,, Pi-Peng Li, Bo-Hao Wen, Wenhua Lu, James Lazell, and Mian Hou 2014. New Record of the Leopard Gecko Goniurosaurus araneus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) for China and habitat partitioning between geographically and Phylogenetically Close Leopard Geckos. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 21 (1): 16–27
  • Janssen J, Indenbaum RA, 2018. Endemic Vietnamese Reptiles in Commercial Trade Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity - get paper here
  • Ngo HN, Ziegler T, Nguyen TQ, Pham CT, Nguyen TT, Le MD, van Schingen M. 2016. First population assessment of two cryptic Tiger Geckos (Goniurosaurus) from northern Vietnam: Implications for conservation. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10(1) [General Section]: 34–45 (e120) - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Orlov, Nikolai L., Sergei A. Ryabov, Thien T. Nguyen, Quang T. Nguyen and Thu C. Ho. 2008. A new species of Goniurosaurus (Sauria: Gekkota: Eublepharidae) from north Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 15 (3):229-244 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and L. Lee Grismer 2013. A New Species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from Libo, Guizhou Province, China. Herpetologica 69 (2): 214-226. - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and Rong-Feng Cui 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF GONIUROSAURUS (SQUAMATA: EUBLEPHARIDAE) FROM YINGDE, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA. Herpetologica 66 (2): 229 - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Meng-Jie Jin, Yu-Long Li, and L. Lee Grismer 2014. Description of a New Species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from the Guangdong Province, China, Based on Molecular and Morphological Data. Herpetologica Sep 2014, Vol. 70, No. 3: 309-322. - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T. 2012. Erforschung und Erhalt der Artenvielfalt: Neue Wege des Kölner Zoos in Südostasien. Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos 55 (3): 111-
  • Ziegler, T.; Truong, N.Q.; Schmitz, A.; Stenke, R. & Rösler, H. 2008. A new species of Goniurosaurus from Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong, northern Vietnam (Squamata: Eublepharidae). Zootaxa 1771: 16–30 - get paper here
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