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Cyrtodactylus ranongensis SUMONTHA, PAUWELS, PANITVONG, KUNYA & GRISMER, 2015

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesThai: Took-kai Ranong
English:Ranong bent-toed gecko
French: Cyrtodactyle de Ranong
German: Ranong Bogenfingergecko
Dutch: Ranongkromvingergekko 
SynonymCyrtodactylus ranongensis SUMONTHA, PAUWELS,PANITVONG, KUNYA & GRISMER 2015 
DistributionS Thailand (Ranong)

Type locality: Ban (=Village) Ton Kloy (09° 20' 22" N, 98° 27' 05" E), Tambon (= Subdistrict) Kampuan, Amphoe (= District) Suk Samran, Ranong Province, southern Thailand.  
TypesHolotype: THNHM 22545 (field number MS 190); adult male. Collected by Montri Sumontha on 5 July 2006. Paratypes. PSUZC RT 2012.7 (field number MS 328), adult male, collected by Thanin Kaewmanee on 26 January 2007 at the same locality as the holotype. THNHM 22546 (field number MS 191), adult female, collected by Montri Sumontha on 6 July 2008 along a street near Phetchkasem Road at Ban Kampuan (09° 22' 03" N, 98° 24' 58" E), Tambon Kampuan, Amphoe Suk Samran, Ranong Province, by the same collector as holotype. PSUZC RT 2012.8 (field number MS 358), adult female, collected by Thanin Kaewmanee on 23 February 2008 at same locality as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus ranongensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other congeneric species by the unique combination of characters including its maximal known SVL of 59.6 mm; moderately-sized, conical, keeled dorsal tubercles arranged in 18–20 regular longitudinal rows at midbody; tubercles occurring from occiput on to tail base and on hind limbs, forelimbs lacking tubercles; 35–40 midbody scale rows across belly between ventrolateral skin folds; absence of transversely enlarged, median subcaudal scales; a continuous row of enlarged femoro-precloacal scales; absence of femoral and precloacal pores in males and females; absence of a precloacal groove; blotched dorsal pattern lacking symmetric longitudinal dark bands; tail with 10 to 13 light rings; and reddish iris. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Kwet, A. 2016. Liste der im Jahr 2015 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (3): 56-67 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, Truong QUang Nguyen, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the limestone forest of Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4058 (3): 388–402 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; Truong QUang Nguyen, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of karst-dwelling bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4079 (1): 087–102 - 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, NONN PANITVONG, KIRATI KUNYA & L. LEE GRISMER 2015. A new lowland forest Bent-toed Gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) from Ranong Province, peninsular Thailand. Zootaxa 3911 (1): 106–118 - get paper here
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