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Cyrtodactylus mimikanus (BOULENGER, 1914)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Mimika Bow-fingered Gecko, Mimika bent-toed gecko (suggested by Mark O’Shea) 
SynonymGymnodactylus mimikanus BOULENGER 1914
Gymnodactylus mimikanus — DE ROOIJ 1915: 18
Gymnodactylus mimikanus — WERMUTH 1965: 62
Cyrtodactylus mimikanus — BROWN & PARKER 1973
Gonydactylus mimikanus — KLUGE 1991
Cyrtodactylus (Cyrtodactylus) mimikanus — RÖSLER 2000: 66
Cyrtodactylus mimikanus — OLIVER et al. 2011 
DistributionIndonesian New Guinea (Mimika, Papua), Papua New Guinea (Sundaun Province = West Sepik, Njao on the Tjano River [de Rooij 1915])

Type locality: Mimika River, New Guinea  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.23.5-9 (1914 Gymnodactylus mimikanus Boulenger) 
DiagnosisDescription: Head large, depressed; snout one time and a half the diameter of the orbit, which equals its distance from the ear-opening; forehead concave; ear-opening vertically oval, one fourth the diameter of the eye. Head covered with small granules, those on the snout enlarged; on the occiput small conical tubercles. Rostral large, twice as broad as high, with a median cleft in the superior part; above the rostral are four small scales; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first labial, a supranasal and three or four granules. Eleven or twelve upper and eleven lower labials; mental large, triangular; a median pair of large chin-shields forming a long suture behind te mental, followed by a much smaller one; throat granular. Body long, depressed, covered above with small granules and longitudinal series of trihedral tubercles. Lateral fold with enlarged conical tubercles. Ventral scales moderate, cycloid, imbricate, smooth, 42-45 across the middle of the belly. Male with an angular series of 7-14 praeanal pores, separated from a series of 10 to 12 femoral pores (fig. 10). Tail round, covered above with uniform small scales, below with transversely dilated scales; on the basal part transverse series of tubercles. Limbs long, depressed, covered above with granules and tubercles; digits strong, the basal part covered below with transverse plates, the distal part compressed (de Rooij 1915: 18).

Coloration: Greyish-brown above with narrow white black-edged cross lines or dark brown transverse lines, the first from eye to eye over the occiput, the second over the nape through the ear-opening. Limbs and tail also with white cross lines; basal part and tip of tail greyish or brownish, median part lead-colour. Lips with lighter spots. Lower parts lighter, dotted with brown (de Rooij 1915: 18).

Size: Length of head and body 95 mm; tail 132 mm (de Rooij 1915: 18). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1914. An annotated list of the batrachians and reptiles collected by the British Ornithologists' Union Expedition and the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea. Trans. Zool. Soc. London 20 (5): 247-275 - get paper here
  • Brown, Walter C. & Parker, Fred 1973. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Gekkonidae) from New Guinea with a key to species from the island. Breviora (417): 1-7 - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Günther, R. & H. Rösler 2002. Eine neue Art der Gattung Cyrtodactylus GRAY, 1827 aus dem Westen von Neuguinea (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Salamandra 38 (4): 195-212 - get paper here
  • King, W. 1962. A new gekkonid lizard of the genus Cyrtodactylus from the Philippine Islands. Fieldiana, Zoology, 44:117—120. - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2008. Taxonomic partitioning of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 1883: 1–27 - get paper here
  • Linkem, Charles W.; Jimmy A. McGuire, Christopher J. Hayden, Mohammed Iqbal Setiadi, David P. Bickford, and Rafe M. Brown 2008. A New Species of Bent-Toe Gecko (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) from Sulawesi Island, Eastern Indonesia. Herpetologica 64 (2): 224-234 - 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
  • OLIVER , PAUL; PAUL EDGAR, MUMPUNI, DJOKO T. ISKANDAR & RON LILLEY 2009. A new species of bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus: Gekkonidae) from Seram Island, Indonesia. Zootaxa 2115: 47-55 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Die postanale Beschuppung bei Cyrtodactylus GRAY 1827 und Cyrtopodion FITZINGER 1843 - funktionelle und taxonomische Aspekte (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 2: 154-207
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • 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
  • Rösler, H. & S. J. Richards & R. Günther 2007. Bemerkungen zur Morphologie und Taxonomie der östlich der Wallacea vorkommenden Geckos der Gattung Cyrtodactylus GRAY, 1827, mit Beschreibungen von zwei neuen Arten (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Salamandra 43 (4): 193-230 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H., Glaw, F.& R. Günther 2005. Aktualisierte Liste der Geckos von Neuguinea (Sauria: Geckonidae: Gekkoninae) mit vorläufiger Charakterisierung von neun Formen aus den Gattungen Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827, Gehyra Gray, 1834 und Nactus Kluge, 1983. Gekkota 5: 33-64 - get paper here
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