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Cnemaspis tucdupensis GRISMER & NGO, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Tuc Dup Hill Rock Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis tucdupensis GRISMER & NGO 2007
Cnemaspis tucdupensis — GRISMER et al. 2014: 48 
DistributionS Vietnam (An Giang)

Type locality: Tuc Dup Hill, Tri Ton District, An Giang Province, Vietnam (10° 22.954’ N, 104° 57.336’ E), 100 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: UNS 49 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis tucdupensis differs from all other southeast Asian Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 51.0 mm; 10 supralabials; 8 or 9 infralabials; scales of anterior portion of forearm keeled; smooth ventral scales; no precloacal or femoral pores; linearly arranged row of tubercles on flanks; caudal tubercles restricted to a single paravertebral row on each side; smooth subcaudals with an enlarged median row; two or three cloacal tubercles; no shield-like subtibial scales; subtibial scales smooth; enlarged submetatarsal scales beneath first toe; 27–30 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; no distinct, large, dark spots on neck and back; no white markings on flanks; dark bands encircling tail; and posterior 25% of tail not white. See also Grismer et al. 2014 (Table 6) for a comparison with other species. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed after its type locality. 
  • Grismer, J.L.; Grismer, L.L. & Chav T. 2010. New Species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Southwestern Cambodia. Journal of Herpetology 44 (1): 28–36 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee & Chan K. Onn 2008. A new species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 1771: 1–15 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee; Chan K. Onn; Nasir, N. & Sumontha, M. 2008. A new species of karst dwelling gecko (genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887) from the border region of Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 1875: 51–68 - 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. & Ngo, V.T. 2007. Four new species of the gekkonid genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Reptilia: Squamata) from Southern Vietnam. Herpetologica 63 (4): 482-500 - 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Nguyen, H. N., Lu, C. , Chu, J. , Grismer, L. L., Hung, C. and Lin, S. 2018. Historical demography of four gecko species specializing in boulder cave habitat – its implications in the evolutionary dead end hypothesis and conservation. Mol Ecol. doi:10.1111/mec.14985 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, H. N., Lu, C.-W., Chu, J.-H., Grismer, L. L., Hung, C.-M., & Lin, S.-M. 2018. Historical demography of four gecko species specializing in boulder cave habitat - its implications in the evolutionary dead end hypothesis and conservation. Molecular Ecology, (June 2018), 1–13 - 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
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Thompson, C. & Thompson, T. 2008. First contact in the Greater Mekong - new species discoveries. WWF, 40 pp. - 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
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