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Cyrtodactylus hitchi RIYANTO, KURNIATI & ENGILIS, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus hitchi RIYANTO, KURNIATI & ENGILIS 2016 
DistributionIndonesia (SE Sulawesi)

Type locality: Camp 3, desa Tinukari, kecamatan Wawo, kabupaten Kolaka Utara, Mekongga Mountains (03.6399°S; 121.14974°E, 936 m elevation), South East Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.  
TypesHolotype: MZB Lace.8642, an adult male; collected by Hellen Kurniati and Wahyu Trilaksono on 3 December 2010. Paratypes. MZB.Lace.8635–36, 8640–41, 8643–48, MWFB 1054, 1116, from between 03.635943 – 03.63994oS; 121. 148971 – 121.16268oE; alt.; 934–1103 m asl collected 25 November – 7 December 2010. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small-sized Cyrtodactylus with SVL up to 70.3 mm in males, 79.0 mm in females; 18–20 irregularly aligned rows of keeled tubercles; 27–30 paravertebral tubercles; 40–45 ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; ventrolateral folds with tubercles; no precloacal groove; no precloacal pores; no enlarged femoral and precloacal scales; no femoral pores; 18–20 lamellae beneath fourth toe; smooth transition between rows of large and small postfemoral and ventral femoral scales; and greatly enlarged transverse median subcaudal scales arranged in a single row.
CommentHabitat: All specimens were collected from secondary forest in various microhabitats such as on vegetation along streams, along rivers and foot paths, and on tree trunks and fallen logs (Fig. 7). Cyrtodactylus hitchi appears to have a relatively narrow elevational range corresponding to hill forest habitat ranging from 900–1100 m asl. Riyanto et al. 2016 did not encounter the species above 1200 m asl and below 900 m asl. It is replaced below 500 m by C. jellesmae.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a noun in the genitive singular case, honoring Dr. Alan Thomas Hitch for his friendship and as the field leader of expeditions to the Mekongga. 
  • Mecke, Sven; Lukas Hartmann, Felix Mader, Max Kieckbusch, Hinrich Kaiser 2016. Redescription of Cyrtodactylus fumosus (Müller, 1895) (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae), with a revised identification key to the bent-toed geckos of Sulawesi. Acta Herpetologica 11 (2): 151-160 - get paper here
  • MECKE, SVEN; MAX KIECKBUSCH, LUKAS HARTMANN, HINRICH KAISER 2016. Historical considerations and comments on the type series of Cyrtodactylus marmoratus Gray, 1831, with an updated comparative table for the bent-toed geckos of the Sunda Islands and Sulawesi. Zootaxa 4175 (4): 353–365 - 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
  • RIYANTO, AWAL; HELLEN KURNIATI, ANDREW ENGILIS, JR 2016. A new Bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Mekongga Mountains, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia. . Zootaxa 4109 (1): 059-072 - get paper here
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