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Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis NEANG, HENSON & STUART, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus phnomchiensis NEANG, HENSON & STUART 2020 
DistributionCambodia (Kampong Thom Province)

Type locality: Cambodia, Kampong Thom Province, Sandan District, Phnom Chi, Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, 12°56'11.6"N, 105°39'17.1"E, 237 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype. CBC 03012, adult male (Fig. 3), collected on 18 July 2019 by Thy Neang and En E.
Paratypes. All from Cambodia, Kampong Thom Province, Sandan District, Phnom Chi, Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary: CBC 03003, adult male, 12°56'09.2"N, 105°39'12.7"E, 269 m elevation, coll. 13 June 2019 by Thy Neang; CBC 03004, adult female, 12°56'09.7"N, 105°39'14.4"E, 271 m elevation, coll. 13 June 2019 by Thy Neang; CBC 03013, adult female, same data as holotype; CBC 03014, adult female, same data as holotype except 12°56'08.7"N, 105°39'12.6"E, 284 m elevation. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis sp. nov. is distinguished from the 19 other named species in the C. irregularis group (Ngo and Chan 2010; Nguyen et al. 2013, 2017; Pauwels et al. 2018) by having the combination of SVL 76.1–80.7 mm; relatively long body, AG/SVL 0.451–0.481; relatively long tibia, CrusL/SVL 0.172–0.200; subdigital lamellae on fourth finger 18–20; subdigital lamellae on fourth toe 20–23; longitudinal dorsal rows of tubercles 18–20; paravertebral rows of tubercles 31–36; ventral scales 45–54; enlarged femoral scales 0–8, without pores; enlarged precloacal scales 7–10, bearing pores 4 or 5 in males, pits 1–7 in females; precloacal groove absent; median row of transverse subcaudal scales only slightly enlarged; posterior border of nuchal loop unbroken and pointed, bordered anteriorly and posteriorly by broad yellow or yellowish white band; dark brown body bands 3 or 4, the first intact, the second, third and fourth more irregular, alternating with two or three yellowish white or light brown body bands, about half the width of dark brown body bands; and yellow spots on top of head. 
CommentDistribution: for a map see Neang et al. 2020: 138 (Fig. 1). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality of Phnom Chi and the Latin suffix -ensis meaning “originating from.” The specific epithet is masculine in agreement with the gender of Cyrtodactylus. 
  • 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
  • Neang T, Henson A, Stuart BL 2020. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from Cambodia’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. ZooKeys 926: 133-158 - get paper here
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