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Goniurosaurus huuliensis ORLOV, RYABOV, NGUYEN, NGUYEN & HO, 2008

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymGoniurosaurus huuliensis ORLOV, RYABOV, NGUYEN, NGUYEN & HO 2008
Goniurosaurus huuliensis — ZHU et al. 2021 
DistributionNE Vietnam (Lang Son)

Type locality: Huu Lien Nature Reserve, Huu Lung district, Lang Son Province, northeastern Vietnam (21°41’ 55.2’’ N 106°22’ 43.8’’ E), 370 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZISP 24654, an adult male, in June 2003, by Nikolai Orlov, Sergei A. Ryabov and Ho Thu Cuc. Paratypes. ZISP 24655, IEBR A.0819 (24656), IEBR A.0820 (24657) (three adult males), ZISP 24658 (adult female) collected from Huu Lien-Yen Thinh Nature Reserve, Huu Lung district, Lang Son province, Vietnam, 21°41’ 55.2’’ N 106°22’ 43.8’’ E, 300 – 370 m elevation, in June 2003 by, Nikolay L. Orlov, Sergei A. Ryabov and Ho Tu Cuc. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of the genus Goniurosaurus, characterized by a combination of the following characters: long, slim, thin body; wide, posteriorly rounded nuchal loop; three distinct, wide, immaculate dorsal body bands between the nuchal loop and the hind limb (three immaculate dorsal body bands between limb insertions); spots on the dorsal surface of the body not pronounced, noticeable only on the head and in the zone of contact of light belly and dorsal surface; limbs without spots; iris reddish; one small rounded internasal (postrostral) (Fig. 10); 6 – 8 nasal scales surrounding the nare; 41 – 44 eyelid fringe scales; 10 – 11 supralabials, and 9 – 11 infralabials; dorsal body covered by large granular tubercles and small granular scales; 12 – 13 granular scales surround every large granular tubercle on the back; 34 – 36 paravertebral tubercles between limb insertions; deep axillary pockets distinctly noticeable; long, thin digits with wide subdigital lamellae; numbering 8 – 9 on first finger, 11 – 13 on second finger, 15 – 16 on third finger, 18 – 19 on fourth finger, and 8 – 9 on fifth finger; 17 – 19 on first toe, 19 – 20 on second toe, 20 – 21 on third toe, 15 – 16 on fourth toe, and 8 – 9 on fifth toe; claws being sheathed by four scales; 25 – 28 precloacal pores; 2 – 3 postmentals shields bordered by 6 – 8 small gular scales. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).

Character table: Zhu et al. 2021

Distribution: see map in Ngo et al. 2023. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
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