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Cyrtodactylus myaleiktaung GRISMER, WOOD, THURA, WIN, GRISMER, TRUEBLOOD & QUAH, 2018

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Mya Leik Taung Bent-toed Gecko 
SynonymCyrtodactylus myaleiktaung GRISMER, WOOD, THURA, WIN, GRISMER, TRUEBLOOD & QUAH 2018 
DistributionMyanmar (Mandalay Region)

Type locality: Mya Leik Taung, 25.3 km southeast of Mandalay, Aungmyethazan Township, Mandalay District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (21.77722 N, 96.25138 E; 250 m in elevation).  
TypesHolotype. LSUHC 13965, Adult female, collected on 1 December 2017 at 1030 hrs by Nay Myo Win. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus myaleiktaung sp. nov. differs from other species of Cyrtodactylus by having the unique combination of the following characters: nine supralabials and infralabials; no gular tubercles; a ventrolateral fold; 57 ventral scales; digits not relatively short; basal subdigital lamellae expanded proximal to digital inflection; 18 subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe; no enlarged femoral scales or pore-bearing femoral scales; no precloacal groove; no enlarged post-precloacal scales; band on nape; six dorsal bands lacking paravertebral elements, regular in shape, wider than interspaces, few dark makings in interspaces, interspaces bearing lightened centers, not edged posteriorly by light-colored tubercles, posterior and anterior borders of bands bold; clusters of enlarged, light-colored scales in ventrolateral fold; and top of head generally unicolor (Table 5). These characters are scored across all species in the gansi group in Table 3 in Grismer et al. 2018: 160

Comparisons. Cyrtodactylus myaleiktaung sp. nov. differs from all other species in the gansi group by having more ventral scales (57 versus 21–55, collectively), and having body bands with lightened centers. It differs from C. brevidactylus in having 6 versus three or four dorsal bands. Cyrtodactylus myaleiktaung sp. nov. is most closely related to C. chrysopylos and differs further from it by having a 17.0–19.4% uncorrected pairwise sequence divergence. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet myaleiktaung is in reference to the Mya Leik Taung mountain range which is the type locality. It is a noun in apposition, invariable. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; PERRY L., JR. WOOD, MYINT KYAW THURA, NAY MYO WIN, MARTA S. GRISMER, LLYOD A. TRUEBLOOD, EVAN S. H. QUAH 2018. A re-description of Cyrtodactylus chrysopylos Bauer (Squamata: Gekkonidae) with comments on the adaptive significance of orange coloration in hatchlings and descriptions of two new species from eastern Myanmar (Burma). Zootaxa 4527 (2): 151–185 - get paper here
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