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Hemiphyllodactylus kiziriani NGUYEN, BOTOV, LE DUC, NOPHASEUD, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Kizirian’s Slender Gecko
G: Kizirians Halbblattfingergecko
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng dẹp ki-zi-ri-an 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus kiziriani NGUYEN, BOTOV, LE DUC, NOPHASEUD, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2014 
DistributionLaos (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 Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. 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). 
CommentDiagnosis. 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. 
EtymologyWe 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. 
References
  • GUO, WEIBO; KAIYA ZHOU, JIE YAN & PENG LI 2015. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from western Yunnan, China. Zootaxa 3974 (3): 377–390
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Truong Quang; Andreas Botov, Minh Duc Le, Liphone Nophaseud, George Zug, Michael Bonkowski & Thomas Ziegler 2014. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from northern Laos. Zootaxa 3827 (1): 045–056 - get paper here
 
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