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Hemiphyllodactylus linnwayensis GRISMER, WOOD, THURA, ZIN, QUAH, MURDOCH, GRISMER, LI, KYAW & LWIN, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Linn-Way dwarf gecko 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus linnwayensis GRISMER, WOOD, THURA, ZIN, QUAH, MURDOCH, GRISMER, LI, KYAW & LWIN 2017: 26 
DistributionMyanmar (Shan)

Type locality: Linn-Way Village, 64.7 km north of Kalaw, Taunggyi District, Shan State, Myanmar (21°13.356N, 96°32.780E; elevation 1306 m).  
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 12987, Adult female, collected on 14 October 2016 at 1800 hours by L. Lee Grismer, Evan S. H. Quah, Perry L. Wood, Jr., Matthew L. Murdoch, Thaw Zin, Myint Kyaw Thura, Htet Kyaw, and Marta S. Grismer.
Paratype: LSUHC 12969, Adult female, collected on 13 October 2016 by Myint Kyaw Thura from the same locality as the holotype. 
CommentHabitat: Linn-Way village is a small, spread-out, somewhat isolated village on the western fringes of the Shan Plateau surrounded by secondary, upland forest (Figure 13). Four Hemiphyllodactylus linnwayensis sp. nov. were seen in this region but only two were collected. The paratype (LSUHC 12969) was found beneath a small log on the grounds of a monastery at 0100 hours and the holotype (LSUHC 12987) was collected from an interior wall of a small house in the village at 2200 hours while we were being served dinner. Another specimen was observed on the same wall the following night but escaped collection. Another specimen that we presume was the same species was observed on a small wooden structure in the middle of a fallow field 3.4 km south of Linn-Way Village outside Yae Whin Cave that also escaped collection. No specimens were seen on karst microhabitats in the region that we extensively explored. 
EtymologyThis specific epithet ‘linnwayensis’ refers to the type locality of Linn-Way Village. 
  • Grismer, L. Lee; Perry L. Wood Jr, Myint Kyaw Thura, Thaw Zin, Evan S. H. Quah, Matthew L. Murdoch, Marta S. Grismer , Aung Li, Htet Kyaw & Ngwe Lwin 2017. Phylogenetic taxonomy of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) with descriptions of three new species from Myanmar Journal of Natural History 52: 881-915 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; PERRY L. WOOD, JR., GEORGE R. ZUG, MYINT KYAW THURA, MARTA S. GRISMER, MATTHEW L. MURDOCH, EVAN S. H. QUAH & AUNG LIN 2018. Two more new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Shan Hills of eastern Myanmar (Burma). Zootaxa 4483 (2): 295–316 - get paper here
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