Hemiphyllodactylus banaensis NGO VAN TRI, GRISMER, THAI & WOOD, 2014
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Ba Na Dwarf Gecko|
|Synonym||Hemiphyllodactylus banaensis NGO VAN TRI, GRISMER, THAI & WOOD 2014|
|Distribution||Vietnam (HoaVang District)|
Type locality: Ba Na summit of Ba Na–Nui Chua Nature Reserve, HoaVang District, Da Nang City, Vietnam (15°59’30’’N, 107°59’50’’E; 1300 m elevation)
|Types||Holotype: ITBCZ 2465, adult male, collected on 2 February 2013 by Pham Hong Thai at 21:45hrs; Paratypes. Eight additional specimens collected by Pham Hong Thai very near the type locality but on different days: ITBCZ 2450 on 19 August 2012, ITBCZ 2461–2464 on 23 September 2012, ITBCZ 2466–67 and ITBCZ 2469 have the same data as the holotype. ITBCZ 2468 was collected by Ngo Van Tri on 2 February 2013.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Hemiphyllodactylus banaensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other species of Hemiphyllodactylus by having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 48.2 mm in males and 51.0 mm in females; seven chin scales extending transversely from the union of the first and second infralabials and posterior margin of mental; enlarged postmental scales; three circumnasal scales; 4–11 scales between supranasals; 9–12 supralabials; 9–11 infralabials;18–20 longitudinally arranged dorsal scales at midbody contained within one eye diameter; 9–12 longitudinally arranged ventral scales at midbody contained within one eye diameter; lamellar formula on hand 3 (II), 4–5 (III), 4–5 (IV), 4 (V); lamellar formula on foot 4 (II), 5 (III), 5 (IV), 5 (V); 20–21 precloacal and femoral pore-bearing scales contiguous in males and 0–20 contiguous pore-bearing precloacal scales in females; dorsal pattern on body composed of transverse blotches and two whitish stripes across shoulder extending to sacrum; postsacral mark whitish brown and bearing anteriorly projecting arms; and caecum and oviducts unpigmented. These characters and potentially diagnostic morphometric characters are scored across all species of Hemiphyllodactylus in Table 1 (TRI et al. 2014).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||This specific epithet is derived from the name of Ba Na Mountain and is in reference to the type locality.|
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