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Cyrtodactylus dati NGO VAN TRI, 2013

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Đạt Bent–toed Gecko
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn chân ngón Hoàng Đức Đạt
French: Cyrtodactyle de Dat 
SynonymCyrtodactylus dati NGO VAN TRI 2013 
DistributionVietnam (Binh Phuoc Province), probably in adjacent Cambodia (Mondulkiri)

Type locality: among dry roots beneath the canopy of secondary evergreen forest in Bu Dop State Forest Enterprise, Bu Dop District, Binh Phuoc Province, southern Vietnam (12° 01’252”N , 106° 54’227E) at 100 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ITBCZ 2375, adult male collected by Ngo Van Tri at 20:30 on 20 September 2011.Paratypes. The paratypes ITBCZ 2348–51 bear the same data as the holotype. Paratype ITBCZ 2343 was collected by the same collector at the same locality but on 1 January 2011. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus dati sp. nov. differs from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: maximum SVL 70.1 mm; original tail relatively short (TL/SVL: 1.03–1.08; n =2); no distinct dark brown blotches on head; nuchal loop broken into dark fragments; irregular dark blotches on the dorsum; original tails bearing 10 dark brown alternating rings; 4–10 intersupranasals; a series of five or six precloacal pores in males medially interrupted by one poreless scale; no precloacal groove; three or four femoral pores on each thigh in males; 4–7 enlarged scales beneath thighs; 17–19 interorbital scales on the frontal bone; 23–26 scales in a straight line between eye and nostril; 42–48 rows of ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; 20–22 irregular, longitudinal rows of keeled tubercles at midbody between the ventrolateral folds; 34–35 paravertebral tubercles between limb insertions; 12–13 subdigital lamellae on first toe; 18–19 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; and small subcaudal scales.
CommentHabitat: tree branches and leaves, dry roots close to dry fallen trees, decayed trees, beneath the canopy, 0.1 m–1.0 m above forest floor.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet honours Prof. Hoàng Đức Đạt, former Dean of Hue University, who was the first teacher in the graduate program. 
  • 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
  • NGO, VAN TRI 2013. Cyrtodactylus dati, a new forest dwelling Bent-toed Gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3616 (2): 151–164 - get paper here
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