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Hemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis SUKPRASERT, SUTTHIWISES, LAUHACHINDA & TAKSINTUM, 2018

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Khlong Lan Dwarf Gecko
Thai: Ching Chok Khao Sung Khlong Lan 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus khlonglanensis SUKPRASERT, SUTTHIWISES, LAUHACHINDA & TAKSINTUM 2018 
DistributionW Thailand (Kamphaeng Phet)

Type locality: Khlong Lan District, Kamphaeng Phet Province, western Thailand  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: 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. 
DiagnosisHemiphyllodactylus 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. 
Comment 
EtymologyThis specific epithet is derived from the name of Khlong Lan District which refers to the type locality. 
References
  • SUKPRASERT, APISAK; SURAPOP SUTTHIWISES, VIRAYUTH LAUHACHINDA, WUT TAKSINTUM 2018. Two new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Thailand. Zootaxa 4369 (3): 363–376 - get paper here
 
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