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Cyrtodactylus metropolis GRISMER, WOOD, ONN, ANUAR & MUIN, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus metropolis GRISMER, WOOD, ONN, ANUAR & MUIN 2014 
DistributionPeninsular Malaysia (Selangor)

Type locality: base of the Batu Caves massif east of Temple Cave, Gombak District, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia (3°14’.54”N 101°41’02.24”E; 75 m)  
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 11347, adult male, collected by Chan Kin Onn and L. Lee Grismer on 16 July 2013. Paratypes. Female paratypes (LSUHC 11342–43, 11345) bear the same collection data as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus metropolis sp. nov. is differentiated from its Sundaland congeners by having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 82.2 mm; nine or 10 supralabials; seven or eight infralabials; moderately tuberculated body and limbs; 32–34 paravertebral tubercles; 37–44 ventral scales; abrupt contact between large and small postfemoral scales; enlarged femoral scales; 20 or 21 subdigital lamellae; no femoral pores; no deep precloacal groove; nine enlarged precloacal pore-bearing scales in males; no enlarged median subcaudals; tubercles on the anterior portion of the dorsal side of the tail; no reticulated pattern on head; having a blotched dorsal pattern; and lacking the paired, dark, semi-lunar shaped blotches on the upper nape prominently outlined in white. These and other characters are scored for all Sundaland species (Grismer et al. 2012a; Table 4) and for all species in the C. semenanjungensis complex (Table 5). 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the fact that this endemic species is found in a highly urbanized area near the heart of the largest metropolitan center of Peninsular Malaysia. 
  • Grismer, L. L., Wood, P. L., Poyarkov, N. A., Le, M. D., Kraus, F., Agarwal, I., ... & Grismer, J. L. 2021. Phylogenetic partitioning of the third-largest vertebrate genus in the world, Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Reptilia; Squamata; Gekkonidae) and its relevance to taxonomy and conservation. Vertebrate Zoology 71: 101–154 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; & EVAN S. H. QUAH 2019. An updated and annotated checklist of the lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and their adjacent archipelagos. Zootaxa 4545 (2): 230–248 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; P. L. WOOD, JR., SHAHRUL ANUAR, H. R. DAVIS, A. J. COBOS & M. L. MURDOCH 2016. A new species of karst forest Bent-toed Gecko (genus Cyrtodactylus Gray) not yet threatened by foreign cement companies and a summary of Peninsular Malaysia’s endemic karst forest herpetofauna and the need for its conservation. Zootaxa 4061 (1): 001–017 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; PERRY L. WOOD, JR, SHAHRUL ANUAR, MARTA S. GRISMER, EVAN S. H. QUAH, MATTHEW L. MURDOCH, MOHD ABDUL MUIN, HAYDEN R. DAVIS, CÉSAR AGUILAR, RANDY KLABACKA, ANTHONY J. COBOS, ANCHALEE AOWPHOL, JACK W. SITES, JR 2016. Two new Bent-toed Geckos of the Cyrtodactylus pulchellus complex from Peninsular Malaysia and multiple instances of convergent adaptation to limestone forest ecosystems. Zootaxa 4105 (5): 401-429 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; PERRY L. WOOD, JR., CHAN KIN ONN, SHAHRUL ANUAR, & MOHD ABDUL MUIN 2014. Cyrts in the city: A new Bent-toed Gecko (Genus Cyrtodactylus) is the only endemic species of vertebrate from Batu Caves, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3774 (4): 381–394 - 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; L. LEE GRISMER & PERRY L. WOOD, JR. 2015. Cyrtodactylus rosichonariefi sp. nov. (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new swamp-dwelling bent-toed gecko from Bunguran Island (Great Natuna), Indonesia. Zootaxa 3964 (1): 114–124 [erratum in Zootaxa 3999 (4): 600] - get paper here
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