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Cyrtodactylus klugei KRAUS, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus klugei KRAUS 2008
Cyrtodactylus klugei — TALLOWIN et al. 2018 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Sudest Island, Milne Bay Province)

Type locality: along Gesirava River, W slope Mt. Riu, 11.49179ºS, 153.41261ºE, 127 m elevation, Sudest Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 19739 (field tag FK 9506), mature male, collected by F. Kraus , 12 April 2004. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A large (SV = 130–143 mm) species of Cyrtodactylus having a single row of enlarged subcaudals; enlarged dorsal tubercles conical, keeled, ~4–5 times size of adjacent granules (Fig. 2B), in 20–23 rows; lateral tubercles distinct, ~4 times size of adjacent granules and larger than scales of lateral skin fold, which lack tubercles; 43–49 midbelly scale rows; precloacal/femoral pores 66–76, in a single continuous row; lamellae under fourth toe 27–31; head of moderate width (HW/HL = 0.65–0.73, mean 0.70); five dark dorsal bands between head and hindlimb insertion, of even width, margined in black, with 5–6 tubercles sagitally through 3rd dark band; dark spots absent from light dorsal ground color; mouth and cloacal linings pink; and posterior supralabials brown. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe trivial epithet is named for Arnold Kluge in recognition of his many contributions to gekkonid systematics. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2008. Taxonomic partitioning of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 1883: 1–27 - 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
  • Tallowin, O. J. S., Tamar, K., Meiri, S., Allison, A., Kraus, F., Richards, S. J., & Oliver, P. M. 2018. Early insularity and subsequent mountain uplift were complementary drivers of diversification in a Melanesian lizard radiation (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 125: 29–39 - get paper here
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