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Cyrtodactylus namtiram MAHONY & KAMEI, 2022

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus namtiram MAHONY & KAMEI 2022 
DistributionIndia (Manipur)

Type locality: "from the vicinity of a waterfall (25.046381, 93.429483, 770 m asl.), Namtiram (ca. 7 km before reaching Aziuram Village coming from Tamenglong Town), Tamenglong West Subdivision, Tousem Tribal Development Block, Tamenglong District, Manipur State, northeast India" (Mahony & Kamei, 2022:2456)  
TypesHolotype: BNHS 2751, adult male, collected by Rachunliu G. Kamei on 4 July 2015 (Mahony & Kamei, 2022:2456) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: "the morphological comparison section is to be considered a diagnosis for the newly described species. We have intentionally omitted a separate ‘Diagnosis’ section (that traditionally lists morphological characters assumed to define a given species) for several reasons" (for justifications see Mahony & Kamei, 2022:2451)

Comparisons: "Cyrtodactylus namtiram sp. nov. is herein compared to the following species confirmed to be members of the gansi group based on molecular phylogenetic analyses (Figure 2): C. aunglini; C. brevidactylus Bauer, 2002; C. chrysopylos; C. gansi Bauer, 2003; C. jaintiaensis; C. montanus; C. myaleiktaung; C. nagalandensis. The new species is further compared with the following Cyrtodactylus species from northeast India and surrounding regions that have not yet been assigned to any clade due to the absence of available molecular data: C. cayuensis; C. himalayicus; C. mandalayensis; C. markuscombaii; C. martinstollii; C. tamaiensis. Characters with conflicting information in the literature that are clarified in the ‘Errors in literature’ section (below) are marked with an asterisk followed by the point number in square brackets." (see Mahony & Kamei, 2022: 2460–2461) 
CommentKnown from only the holotype. (Mahony & Kamei, 2022)

Behavior: Nocturnal. (Mahony & Kamei, 2022) 
Etymology"The specific epithet is a toponym for the type locality of the species and is treated as a non-Latin noun in apposition." (Mahony & Kamei, 2022:2456) 
  • Mahony, Stephen & Rachunliu G. Kamei 2021. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Manipur State, northeast India, with a critical review highlighting extensive errors in literature covering bent-toed geckos of the Indo-Burma region. Journal of Natural History, 55(39–40): 2445–2480. - get paper here
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