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Cyrtodactylus nuaulu OLIVER, EDGAR, MUMPUNI, ISKANDAR & LILLEY, 2009

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus nuaulu OLIVER, EDGAR, MUMPUNI, ISKANDAR & LILLEY 2009
Cyrtodactylus nuaulu — OLIVER et al. 2011 
DistributionIndonesia (Seram, Maluku)

Type locality: ~50m elevation, Solea (2°51' S, 129° 39' E), Manusela National Park, central Seram Island, Maluku Province, Indonesia  
TypesHolotype: MZB lace 2326 (F-num S80) adult male, 26/08/87, collected by P. Edgar and R.
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cyrtodactylus nuaulu sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other Melanesian and Wallacean Cyrtodactylus by the following unique combination of character states: moderate size ( SVL up to 88.5mm); relatively slender body with robust head (HW/SVL 0.187–0.195); deep precloacal groove with low number of pores (6); femoral pores absent; subcaudal scales granular, not transversely enlarged; small dentate tubercles over the dorsum and along the lateral fold; whorls of prominent dentate tubercles extending to the tip of the tail; and dorsal colouration consisting of relatively few large indistinct transverse and/or longitudinal dark brown blotches. 
CommentCyrtodactylus nuaulu can be distinguished from other described Cyrtodactylus by the combination of moderate size, dorsal colouration consisting of relatively few large dark brown blotches, presence of a precloacal groove and whorls of dentate tubercles extending the length of the tail. 
EtymologyNamed in honour of the Nuaulu people of south Seram. 
  • 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
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