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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Yellow- or Orange-headed Rock Gecko
Thai: Djing Djok Niew Yaow Hua See Som 
Cnemaspis huaseesom — GRISMER et al. 2014: 51 
DistributionN Thailand (Kanchanaburi)

Type locality: Sai Yok National Park, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand (14°20.09N 98°51.35E).  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: THNHM 15909, adult male, collected on 7 July 2007 by Saranon Charoensuk. Paratypes. The collection data for the paratypes PSUZC RT 2010.55 and CUMZ-R 2009,6,24-4 are the same as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Adult males reaching 37.7 mm SVL, adult females reaching 37.9; 7–9 supralabials; 6–8 infralabials; forearm scales weakly keeled; gulars, subtibials, ventrals, and subcaudals smooth; dorsal tubercles keeled; tubercles on flanks; 21–24 paravertebral tubercles; ventrolateral caudal tubercles absent anteriorly; caudal tubercles do not encircle tail; caudal tubercles absent from lateral, caudal furrow; no median row of enlarged subcaudals; five or six contiguous, pore-bearing, precloacal scales; pores round; one or two postcloacal tubercles; shield-like subtibials and enlarged, submetatarsal scales absent; 25–31 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; no dark, longitudinal, gular markings or blotches; head and tail yellow in adult males; no dark patches enclosing white to yellow ocelli on neck or shoulder; no prominent, yellow to white, prescapular crescent or transverse bars on flanks. These differences are summarized across all species in TABLES 1 and 2 in GRISMER et al. 2010, and Grismer et al. 2014 (Table 6).

Comparisons. Cnemaspis huaseesom sp. nov. is differentiated from all other species of Southeast Asain Cnemaspis in that adult males have a yellow head, forearms, and original tail. In this regard it is similar to C. paripari Grismer & Chan 2009 although adult male C. paripari lack yellow limbs and only the regenerated tail is yellow (Grismer & Chan 2009). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet huaseesom is derived from the Thai words hua meaning head, see meaning color, and som meaning orange in reference to the orangish yellow head of this species. 
  • Ampai N, Rujirawan A, Yodthong S, Termprayoon K, Stuart BL, Wood Jr PL, Aowphol A 2022. Hidden diversity of rock geckos within the Cnemaspis siamensis species group (Gekkonidae, Squamata): genetic and morphological data from southern Thailand reveal two new insular species and verify the phylogenetic affinities of C. chanardi and C. kam ZooKeys 1125: 115–158 - get paper here
  • Ampai N, Wood Jr PL, Stuart BL, Aowphol A 2020. Integrative taxonomy of the rock-dwelling gecko Cnemaspis siamensis complex (Squamata, Gekkonidae) reveals a new species from Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, southern Thailand. ZooKeys 932: 129-159 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; MONTRI SUMONTHA, MICHAEL COTA, JESSE L. GRISMER, PERRY L. WOOD, JR., OLIVIER S. G. PAUWELS & KIRATI KUNYA 2010. A revision and redescription of the rock gecko Cnemaspis siamensis (Taylor 1925) (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Peninsular Thailand with descriptions of seven new species. Zootaxa 2576: 1–55 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; PERRY JR L. WOOD, SHAHRUL ANUAR, AWAL RIYANTO, NORHAYATI AHMAD, MOHD A. MUIN, MONTRI SUMONTHA, JESSE L. GRISMER, CHAN KIN ONN, EVAN S. H. QUAH, OLIVIER S. A. PAUWELS 2014. Systematics and natural history of Southeast Asian Rock Geckos (genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887) with descriptions of eight new species from Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Zootaxa 3880 (1): 001–147 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, H.N., Hung, C., Yang, M. et al. 2020. Sympatric competitors have driven the evolution of temporal activity patterns in Cnemaspis geckos in Southeast Asia. Sci Rep 10: 27 - get paper here
  • Rujirawan, A., Yodthong, S., Ampai, N., Termprayoon, K., Aksornneam, A., Stuart, B. L., & Aowphol, A. 2022. A new rock gecko in the Cnemaspis siamensis group (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) from Kanchanaburi Province, western Thailand. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 98(2), 345-363 - get paper here
  • WOOD, PERRY JR. L.; EVAN S.H. QUAH, SHAHRUL ANUAR M.S., MOHD ABDUL MUIN 2013. A new species of lowland karst dwelling Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3691 (5): 538–558 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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