Hemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis SUKPRASERT, SUTTHIWISES, LAUHACHINDA & TAKSINTUM, 2018
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Khlong Lan Dwarf Gecko|
Thai: Ching Chok Khao Sung Khlong Lan
|Synonym||Hemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis SUKPRASERT, SUTTHIWISES, LAUHACHINDA & TAKSINTUM 2018|
|Distribution||W Thailand (Kamphaeng Phet)|
Type locality: Khlong Lan District, Kamphaeng Phet Province, western Thailand
|Types||Holotype: ZMKU TM001043N (Kasetsart University, Thailand), adult male, collected by Apisak Sukprasert on May 8, 2016. Paratypes. Seven specimens from the same locality as the holotype. ZMKU TM000999N–ZMKU TM001004N collected on December 25, 2015 and ZMKU TM001044N collected on May 8, 2016.|
|Diagnosis||Hemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis sp. nov. may be diagnosed by the combination of characteristics: (1) a bisexual taxon; (2) a maximum SVL of 43.05 mm in males and 43.14 mm in females; (3) 7–10 chin scales; (4) 5 circumnasal scales; (5) 2–4 scales between supranasals; (6) 9–12 supralabials; (7) 8–11 infralabials; (8) 10–15 dorsal scale rows; (9) 7–10 ventral scale rows; (10) lamellar formula on forefoot 3-4-4-4 or 4-4-4-4; (11) lamellar formula on hindfoot 4-4-4-4; (12) precloacal and femoral pores in a continuous series, 19–20 pores in males; (13) 1 cloacal spur on each side present in both sexes; (14) dark postorbital stripe; and (15) anteriorly projecting arms of postsacral mark.|
Comparisons. Hemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis sp. nov. is placed within a clade (lineage A; Figure 2) along with four of its congeners. It has a lamellar formula of 3-4-4-4 or 4-4-4-4 on the forefoot and 4-4- 4-4 on the hindfoot, which separates it from H. changningensis Guo, Zhou, Yan & Li (3-3/4-3/4-3 and 3-4-4-4 or 3- 3-3-3, respectively) and H. chiangmaiensis (3-3-3-3 or 3-4-3-3 and 3-3-3-3 or 3-4-4-4, respectively). Hemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis sp. nov. has five or six lamellae on its first finger in contrast with H. changningensis and H. chiangmaiensis which have three or four and H. jinpingensis which has four, and it has five subdigital lamellae on the first toe, whereas H. changningensis and H. chiangmaiensis have three or four. The postsacral mark in H. khlonglanensis sp. nov. has anteriorly projecting arms, which are lacking in H. longlingensis Zhou & Liu and H. jinpingensis. The maximum known SVL of H. khlonglanensis sp. nov. is 43.1 mm, whereas in H. jinpingensis is 39.6 mm. Diagnostic characteristics of Hemiphyllodactylus are shown in Table 4 in SUKPRASERT et al. 2018.
|Etymology||This specific epithet is derived from the name of Khlong Lan District which refers to the type locality.|