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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesThai: Took-kai Phuket
E: Phuket bent-toed gecko
F: Cyrtodactyle de Phuket
Dutch: Phuketkromvingergekko 
DistributionThailand (Phuket Island)

Type locality: Ban Bangrong (coordinates UTM UPS ca. 47 p0433130 0888891 = 08°02.465N, 98°23.588E; elevation ca. 41 m), Thalang District, Phuket Island, Phuket Province, southwestern Thailand  
TypesHolotype: PSUZC RT 2010.58, adult male (formerly Montri Sumontha field number MS 510). Collected by Kirati Kunya on 2 June 2008. Paratypes. Adult male THNHM 15378 (formerly MS 509) and adult female QSMI 1170 (formerly MS 508). Locality, collecting date, and collector are the same as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus phuketensis is distinguished from all other Sunda Shelf Cyrtodactylus by having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 114.7 mm; very large, trihedral, keeled, tubercles on body, limbs and tail; tubercles present on occiput and top of head and on gular region and throat; no granular scales (only large tubercles) on dorsal surfaces of limbs; 22–24 ventral scale rows; transversely enlarged, median, subcaudal plates; proximal subdigital lamellae square; 19 subdigital lamellae on 4th toe; abrupt transition between posterior and ventral femoral scales; enlarged femoral and precloacal scales in a continuous series bearing 33–36 pores; precloacal groove present in males and females; precloacal depression absent; no white reticulum on head; three dark bands between limbs insertions; no bands on fore- and hind limbs. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet phuketensis refers to Phuket Island, on which the type locality is situated. 
  • Grismer, L.L.; PERRY L. WOOD, SHAHRUL ANUAR, EVAN S. H. QUAH, MOHD ABDUL MUIN, MAKETAB MOHAMED, CHAN KIN ONN, ALEXANDRA X. SUMARLI, ARIEL I. LOREDO, HEATHER M. HEINZ 2014. The phylogenetic relationships of three new species of the Cyrtodactylus pulchellus complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from poorly explored regions in northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3786 (3): 359–381 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • SUMONTHA, MONTRI; OLIVIER S.G. PAUWELS, KIRATI KUNYA, AWAT NITIKUL, PHAMON SAMPHANTHAMIT & L. LEE GRISMER 2012. A new forest-dwelling gecko from Phuket Island, Southern Thailand, related to Cyrtodactylus macrotuberculatus (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 3522: 61–72 - get paper here
  • WOOD JR, PERRY L.; L. LEE GRISMER, MOHD ABDUL MUIN, SHAHRUL ANUAR, JAMIE R. OAKS 2020. A new potentially endangered limestone-associated Bent-toed Gecko of the Cyrtodactylus pulchellus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) complex from northern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 4751 (3): 437–460 - get paper here
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