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Cyrtodactylus gansi BAUER, 2003

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus gansi BAUER 2003
Cyrtodactylus gansi — AGARWAL et al. 2018
Cyrtodactylus gansi — LIU & RAO 2021 
DistributionMyanmar (Burma: Min Dat District in Chin State, in the southern Chin Hills), 750-1300 m elevation.

Type locality: Che Stream, Min Dat Township, Min Dat District, Chin State (21°21’15.5’’N, 93°56’13.3’’E, elevation 780 m.)  
TypesHolotype: CAS 222414 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. Cyrtodactylus gansi may be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of its possession of short digits, a single, strongly angled and somewhat recessed series of precloacal pores (16–29) in males (pores smaller and not in groove in females), absence of femoral pores, 20–25 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles; 36–40 ventral scales between lowest rows of dorsal tubercles (no discrete ventrolateral folds), subcaudal scalation without enlarged midventral plates, and dorsal pattern of approximately 10 narrow, dark transverse bands from occiput to sacrum, sometimes fragmented anteriorly. Among other species from Myanmar it is most similar to C. khasiensis and C. ayeyarwadyensis (see account of latter species abive), from which it may be distinguished by its shallow precloacal groove (in males) and its dorsal color pattern [after BAUER 2003].

DEFINITION. A moderate sized Cyrtodactylus, snout-vent length to 63 mm; body relatively slender, limbs and digits relatively short; one pair of enlarged postmental scales, in broad contact with one another behind mental; 20–25 rows of rounded, conical dorsal tubercles; 36–40 ventral scales between lowest rows of dorsal tubercles; no discrete ventrolateral folds; shallow precloacal groove in males, 16–29 large precloacal pores in a single, strongly angled series (pores smaller and not recessed in females). Seven widened subdigital lamellae beneath basal phalanx of 4th toe of pes, 11 narrow lamellae beneath more distal phalanges of same toe (in holotype). Subcaudal scalation without enlarged midventral plates. Dorsal pattern of approximately 10 narrow, dark brown transverse bands from occiput to sacrum. Tail with alternating brown and white bands. 
CommentGroup: The Cyrtodactylus gansi group includes the following species, following Liu & Rao 2021: C. dianxiensis, aunglini, ayeyarwadyensis, brevidactylus, cayuensis,
chrysopylos, gansi, guwahatiensis, jaintiaensis, kazirangaensis, khasiensis, mandalayensis, mombergi, montanus, myaliektaung, nagalandensis, septentrionalis, tamaiensis, tripuraensis, urbanus. Liu & rao 2021 also compare key characters of these species in their Table 4. 
EtymologyNamed after Carl Gans (1923-2009), German-born American herpetologist. See Adler et al. 2010 for obituaries. 
  • Adler, K. 2010. Carl Gans (1923–2009) and the Integrative Biology of Reptiles. Herpetological Review 41 (2): 142-150 - get paper here
  • AGARWAL, ISHAN; STEPHEN MAHONY, VARAD B. GIRI, R. CHAITANYA, AARON M. BAUER 2018. Six new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northeast India. Zootaxa 4524 (5): 501–535 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. 2003. Descriptions of seven new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) with a key to the species of Myanmar (Burma). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 54: 463-498 - get paper here
  • BAUER, AARON M. 2010. Reminiscences of Carl Gans. Herpetological Review 41 (2): 147-148 - get paper here
  • BELL, CHRISTOPHER J. 2010. Carl Gans: The Austin Years 1997–2009. Herpetological Review 41 (2): 148-150 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Liu, Shuo & Dingqi Rao 2021. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Western Yunnan, China. Journal of Natural History, 55: 713-731 - get paper here
  • NORTHCUTT, R. GLENN 2010. Carl Gans: The Ann Arbor Years. Herpetological Review 41 (2): 147 - get paper here
  • ROSENBERG, HERB 2010. Carl Gans: The Buffalo Years of 1961–1967. Herpetological Review 41 (2): 144-147 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. & Glaw, F. 2008. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Malaysia including a literature survey of mensural and meristic data in the genus. Zootaxa 1729: 8–22 - get paper here
  • Sumontha, M., Panitvong, N. & Deein, G. 2010. Cyrtodactylus auribalteatus (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new cave- dwelling gecko from Phitsanulok Province, Thailand. Zootaxa 2370: 53–64 - get paper here
  • Youmans, Timothy M. & L. Lee Grismer 2006. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Seribuat Archipelago, West Malaysia. Herpetological Natural History 10 (1): 61-70
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