Hemiphyllodactylus kiziriani NGUYEN, BOTOV, LE DUC, NOPHASEUD, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemiphyllodactylus kiziriani?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Kizirian’s Slender Gecko|
G: Kizirians Halbblattfingergecko
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng dẹp ki-zi-ri-an
|Synonym||Hemiphyllodactylus kiziriani NGUYEN, BOTOV, LE DUC, NOPHASEUD, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2014|
|Distribution||Laos (Luang Prabang)|
Type locality: limestone wall of a small cave (19o48.708’N, 102o06.188’E, 637 m a.s.l. elevation), near Ban Xieng Muak Village, Luang Prabang District, Luang Prabang Province, Laos
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2014.3, adult male, collected by Truong Quang Nguyen, Nicole Schneider, and Liphone Nophaseud on 10 August 2013.|
Paratypes. Nine specimens from the same locality as the holotype: three adult males IEBR A.2014.4, VNMN A.2014.1 and ZFMK95702 and two adult females NUOL R-2014.1, VNMN A.2014.2, collected on 10 August 2013; two females IEBR A.2014.5, NUOL R-2014.2, collected on 7 August (19°48.629’N, 102°06.124’E, 594 a.s.l. m); ZFMK 95703, adult female, collected on 11 August (19°48.813’N, 102°05.887’E, 628 m a.s.l. elevation); ZFMK95704, adult female, collected on 16 August (19°48.772’N, 102°06.181’E, 597 m a.s.l. elevation).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A bisexual taxon; SVL of adult males 35.1–40.1 mm, of adult females 36.3–40.8 mm; dorsal scale rows 18–27; ventral scale rows 11–15; chin scales bordering mental and first infralabial distinctly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 3-4-4-4 (forefoot) and 4-4/5-4/5-4 (hindfoot); femoral pores 0–4, total precloacal pores 10–13 in males, 8–10 pitted precloacal scales in females; cloacal spurs present in both sexes,1 or 2; dorsal trunk pattern of dark brown with two rows of irregular transverse bands; dark lateral head stripe distinct; upper zone of flank with a dark brown stripe; caecum and gonadal ducts unpigmented.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||We name the new species in honour of Dr. David A. Kizirian, American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA), in recognition of his contribution to herpetological research in the Indochina region.|