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Cyrtodactylus sanook PAUWELS, SUMONTHA, LATINNE & GRISMER, 2013

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesThai: Tuk kai sanook
English: Sanook Bent-toed Gecko
French: Cyrtodactyle sanouk
German: Sanook-Bogenfingergecko 
SynonymCyrtodactylus sanook PAUWELS, SUMONTHA, LATINNE & GRISMER 2013 
DistributionS Thailand (Chumphon)

Type locality: Wat (= Temple) Tham Sanook and its cave Tham Sanook, Banna Subdistrict, Muang District, Chumphon Province, southern Thailand  
TypesHolotype: THNHM 22541, adult male, collected on 1st November 2012 by Montri Sumontha. Paratypes. Two adult males (PSUZC RT 2012.4 and QSMI 1165), same locality, date and collector as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus sanook sp. nov. is distinguished from all other Sunda Shelf Cyrtodactylus by having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 79.5 mm; 18–20 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles at midbody; a continuous series of enlarged femoral and precloacal scales, no femoral pores, three or four precloacal pores in males (no pores in females), no precloacal groove nor depression; 19–20 subdigital lamellae on 4th toe; transversally enlarged subcaudal plates; and six or seven irregular pale narrow dorsal bands between limb insertions. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a noun in apposition referring to the species’ type locality. In Thai language, sanook means ‘(having) fun’ and as such, the specific epithet is also a reference to the enormous pleasure that the authors take in discovering amazing reptiles and other animal diversity in Thailand and in making it known to others. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • LUU, VINH QUANG;THOMAS CALAME, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, Laos. Zootaxa 3760 (1): 054–066 - 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
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S.G.; MONTRI SUMONTHA, ALICE LATINNE & L. LEE GRISMER 2013. Cyrtodactylus sanook (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new cave-dwelling gecko from Chumphon Province, southern Thailand. Zootaxa 3635 (3): 275–285 - get paper here
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