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Cyrtodactylus cucdongensis SCHNEIDER, PHUNG, LE, NGUYEN & ZIEGLER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cucdong Bent-toed Gecko
Vietnamese: Thach sung ngon cuc dong 
SynonymCyrtodactylus cucdongensis SCHNEIDER, PHUNG, LE, NGUYEN & ZIEGLER 2014 
DistributionVietnam (Khanh Hoa), elevation 5-50 m

Type locality: Cuc Dong Cape, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam  
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.2013.104, adult male, collected by T. M. Phung on 12 June, 2011. Paratypes. VNMN A.2013.18, adult male, ZFMK 95513, adult female, ZFMK 95514 subadult male and ZFMK 95515, subadult female, collected on 12 June, 2011, IEBR A.2013.105, adult female and VNMN A.2013.19, adult female, collected on 2 September, 2011, the same data as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus cucdongensis sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining bent-toed geckos by a combination of the following characters: maximum SVL 65.9 mm; 16–19 dorsal tubercle rows; 41–44 ventral scales at midbody; 5 or 6 precloacal pores in males, 4–6 pitted precloacal scales in females; no femoral pores; 6–13 enlarged precloacal scales; 5–9 enlarged femoral scales; no transversally enlarged subcaudals; dorsal pattern consists of irregular dark bands.
CommentHabitat: granitic stones. The surrounding habitat was mixed secondary forest of small prickly shrubs and species of the families Annonaceae, Dipterocarpaceae, Ebenaceae, and Fabaceae.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is referring to the type locality of the new species. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, Truong QUang Nguyen, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the limestone forest of Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4058 (3): 388–402 - 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
  • SCHNEIDER, NICOLE; TRUNG MY PHUNG, MINH DUC LE,TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khanh Hoa Province, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3785 (4): 518–532 - get paper here
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