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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Sharkari’s Bent-toed Gecko 
DistributionNE Peninsular Malaysia

Type locality: Gua Gunting, Merapoh, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (4° 42.069 N 101° 58.512 E; at 257 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 11022, adult male, collected on 23 June 2013 by Chan Kin Onn at 2200 hrs. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus sharkari sp. nov. can be differentiated from all other species of Cyrtodactylus by having 11 supralabials; 8–10 infralabials; moderately strong body tuberculation; no tubercles on the ventral surface of the forelimbs, gular region, or in the ventrolateral body folds; 31 paravertebral tubercles; 24 longitudinal tubercle rows on body; 41 ventral scales; 24 subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe; 46 femoroprecloacal pores; shallow precloacal groove; four dark dorsal body bands; body band/interspace ratio 1.75; body bands and nuchal loop edged with a thin yellowish line; no scattered white tubercles on the dorsum; seven dark caudal bands on the original tail; white caudal bands nearly immaculate; and a maximum SVL of 100.1 mm. These characters are scored across all species of the C. pulchellus complex in Table 5. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet sharkari is a patronym honoring Dato Mohd. Sharkar Shamsudin Chairman of the Pahang State Tourism and Culture Committee for his persistence in ensuring the cancellation of the proposed cement plant in Merapoh. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; & EVAN S. H. QUAH 2019. An updated and annotated checklist of the lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and their adjacent archipelagos. Zootaxa 4545 (2): 230–248 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; P. L. WOOD, JR., SHAHRUL ANUAR, H. R. DAVIS, A. J. COBOS & M. L. MURDOCH 2016. A new species of karst forest Bent-toed Gecko (genus Cyrtodactylus Gray) not yet threatened by foreign cement companies and a summary of Peninsular Malaysia’s endemic karst forest herpetofauna and the need for its conservation. Zootaxa 4061 (1): 001–017 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; PERRY L. WOOD, JR, SHAHRUL ANUAR, MARTA S. GRISMER, EVAN S. H. QUAH, MATTHEW L. MURDOCH, MOHD ABDUL MUIN, HAYDEN R. DAVIS, CÉSAR AGUILAR, RANDY KLABACKA, ANTHONY J. COBOS, ANCHALEE AOWPHOL, JACK W. SITES, JR 2016. Two new Bent-toed Geckos of the Cyrtodactylus pulchellus complex from Peninsular Malaysia and multiple instances of convergent adaptation to limestone forest ecosystems. Zootaxa 4105 (5): 401-429 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Termprayoon, K., Rujirawan, A., Grismer, L. L., Wood Jr, P. L., & Aowphol, A. 2021. Taxonomic reassessment and phylogenetic placement of Cyrtodactylus phuketensis (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) based on morphological and molecular evidence. ZooKeys, 1040, 91 - 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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