Cyrtodactylus annandalei BAUER, 2003
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus annandalei?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus annandalei BAUER 2003|
Cyrtodactylus annandalei — GRISMER et al. 2018
Type locality: Gon Nyin Bin Camp, Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park, Monywa District, Sagaing Division, Myanmar (22°14’51.1’’N, 94°37’19.3’’E)
|Types||Holotype: CAS 215722|
|Diagnosis||DEFINITION.— A small sized Cyrtodactylus, snout-vent length 49–55 mm; body relatively slender, limbs, and especially digits, short; one pair of enlarged postmental scales in broad contact behind mental; dorsum relatively smooth textured, with 16–18 rows of small, keeled tubercles; 43 ventral scales across midbody; no precloacal groove, 11–12 precloacal pores in a single series in both males and females, 10–11 femoral pores in males, separated from precloacal series by a diastema. Ten subdigital lamellae beneath 4th toe of pes distal to digital inflection. Subcaudal scalation of original tail with alternating rows forming wide transverse plates. Dorsal pattern of 6 dark bands (one each on occiput and nape, four on trunk and sacrum) or rows of transversely arranged spots, with narrow whitish borders. Dorsum of head patternless. Tail with alternating light and dark banding.|
DIAGNOSIS.— Cyrtodactylus annandalei may be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of its relatively short digits, series of 8–12 precloacal pores separated by a diastema from 4-12 femoral pores on each thigh, no precloacal groove or enlarged femoral scales, dorsal tubercles small, in 16–18 longitudinal rows, ventral scales in 43 rows, alternate subcaudal scales enlarged transversely, and dorsal color pattern, including occipital, nape, and four additional dark body bands (or series of spots), and patternless head dorsum.
The new species is superficially most similar to C. consobrinoides (Annandale, 1905 a; Annandale 1905b), from which it differs in having a smaller number of thicker dark crossbands (6–7 vs. 8–9), no enlarged femoral scales, femoral pores present and separated from precloacal scales by a diastema, a larger number of ventral scale rows (43 vs. 20–30, although this count is somewhat arbitrary in the absence of ventrolateral folds as lateral landmarks for such counts), and a patternless head dorsum. It also lacks the light borders around the dorsal markings illustrated by Annandale (1913) in his redescription of the holotype of C. consobrinoides. A specimen from Molmein (Mawlamyine), provisionally referred to C. consobrinoides by Smith (1935) has 40 ventral scale rows and only six dorsal bands and may be referable to C. annandalei, although the huge distance (ca. 680 km) between Mawlamyine and the type locality make this unlikely. Comparisons with other species are provided following the description of all new taxa.
|Etymology||Named after Thomas Nelson Annandale (1876–1924), founder and director of the Zoological Survey of India.|